ALHA is the umbrella group for local history and archaeology societies in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
We help member societies by compiling an annual list of recommended speakers, and by publicising societies’ activities through our newsletter and website. We organise a local history study day each year, and our AGM is accompanied by a lecture with a distinguished speaker.
Each year we publish 3-
We have strong links with the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England, and with the libraries, archives, museums and other organisations in our area.
We offer both Society and individual membership, and further details can be found here..
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Click on Events for details of the meetings, walks and other activities organised by our member societies.
Click on Groups for links to our member societies, and details of what they do and how you can contact them.
Click on Archive for back copies of ALHA publications “Quest” and “Avon Past”.
Newsletter 158, published at the end of March, can be downloaded here.
Previous Newsletters, and monthly updates, are all available for download in the Archive section of the website.
The ALHA Diary of Events now appears in a different format. The three website pages showing the diary by date, society and speaker have been replaced by three downloadable pdf files. The files can be easily downloaded and printed, but unfortunately no longer include a clickable hyperlink to the website of the organising society. The three new files are:
Click on the file you want.
If your group is a member of ALHA and you would like to see events listed, please send them to the webmaster.
The 2019 ALHA Local History Day will be held on Saturday 27 April in the Severnside Suite at Thornbury Leisure Centre. The theme is Getting About, and deals with various aspects of the history of transport in our area. How people moved both themselves and their goods has left many traces, and has shaped where and how we live and the environments we live in. The Roman military occupation brought paved roads, not only the fosseway. They were not much improved on until the turnpikes of the 18th century, by which time canals had arrived, followed by railways, and later by motorways. Meanwhile huge quantities of goods were shifted by ship, and Bristol became an international port, with consequences for local traffic. Coal gave rise to mineral tramways, including the dramway linking south Gloucestershire’s coalfield with the Avon. Some railways were very local and specialised, eg at Clifton, some unorthodox. In the 19th century when the population grew, the Victorians had to work out how to cope with congestion, and reshaped our cities.
ALHA has accepted proposals from speakers to represent different modes of transport and different parts of our area. They include Bev Knott on Roman roads, military and non-
Thornbury Leisure Centre is a new venue for ALHA, but it has ample free parking, an on-
Bristol was one of England’s leading centres of education and literary culture by the end of the Middle Ages, with schools at several levels. Books were owned and used by clergy, laymen and women, and the city had its own authors, producing works on topics as various as history, topography, civic affairs, alchemy, and poetry.
Nicholas Orme is emeritus professor of history at Exeter University, and the author of numerous studies of religious, social and cultural history in medieval and early modern England, including Medieval Children (2001), Medieval Schools (2006) and ALHA No. 23 The Kalendars.
This latest ALHA publication costs £3.50 (plus 65p for p & p).
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Because our print runs are short, ALHA publications can become unavailable quite quickly. Some of our publications are already out of print, while stocks of others are very limited. If you wish to order copies, please bear this in mind. Full details of availability can be seen on our Publications page and on the order form.
Know Your Place has now been extended to include Devon in addition to the whole of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath & North-
The UWE Regional History Centre have again arranged a programme of seminars at “M” Shed from September 2018 to June 2019. All are listed in our events diary, but for more information use this link. The Regional Historian is a journal published by the Regional History and the latest issue is reviewed in ALHA Newsletter 156. You can subscribe by joining the Regional History Centre as an Associate Member.
Members of the History of Bath Research Group have digitised Bath historical directories from the 1840s to the 1930s, and the data is now available on a website at http://bathhistoricaldirectories.org.uk/. This useful research tool for those who wish to explore Bath's people, places, organisations and occupations has been done in association with Bath Record Office, the University of Leicester, and Archive CD Books.
A new book published by Pensford Local History Society is called "We remember it well: stories of the Great Flood of 1968 from Pensford, Publow and Woollard". The title says it all, and the contents are structured around the 30 or so stories of people who were affected and/or involved in the devastating flood. Alongside these stories are photographs, letters and poems. The editors have tried to honour the memories of the contributors, and this has influenced the whole publishing process.
The A4 book, priced £5.00, was launched at Pensford Christmas Fair. It can be bought at at Pensford Post Office and at the Miners' Coffee Shop. Anyone who would like to make an enquiry or might be interested in buying a copy but is unable to get to Pensford please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 South Wales and West of England Regional Industrial Archaeology will be hosted by the Bristol Industrial Archaeology Society. It will take place on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford BS31 3BY, registration opening at 9.15am.
The cost of attendance is £20 per delegate, to include lunch and hot drinks. Speakers include Geoff Wallis of the Avon Industrial Buildings Trust: ‘In Circles: Restoration Work on Brunel’s Swivel Bridge at the Bristol Docks’; Eric Lyons, of Risca Industrial History Museum : ‘The Black Vein Explosion of 1860 and the Miners’ Graveyard’, and Bias member Eric Miles of the Avon Valley Railway: ‘Sentinel -
Delegates have the option of concluding the day with a visit, either to Saltford Brass Mill (subject to weather; numbers limited); Kingswood Museum, for which there will be a small admission charge; the Avon Valley Railway, or industrial Keynsham (a walking tour led by Mike Bone.)
Full details of the day’s schedule can be found on the B-
Bristol & Avon Family History Society have organised a coach trip to this event, which takes place at Alexandra Palace, London. There will be lectures, displays and workshops and the opportunity to speak to experts about your own research dilemmas. Information about the event are available here, and details of the coach trip are on this flyer.
The Quaker Family History Society are holding a Spring One Day Regional Meeting at Redland Quaker Meeting Room, Bristol, with six guest speakers. Further details can be found here.
This 26th annual conference of the West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network will look at various aspects of the topic and has issued a call for papers. The keynote speaker will be Professor Nicola Verdon, author of Rural Women Workers in 19th century England. Further details can be found here.
Oxford and Cotswold Archaeology (OCA), with developer Redcliff MCC LLP, are currently working on a site at Redcliff and St Thomas Street, Bristol. The excavations form part of the Redcliff Quarter Development, a major regeneration scheme in this area.
To learn more about the excavations, you can attend the Redcliff Quarter Lecture Series, or come along to the Site Open Days or Pop-
ALHA offers grants to assist local history research, publications, events, conservation and other projects which accord with its charitable objectives. The Committee has wide discretion over the kind of work to be assisted and the terms of the assistance. Recent grants include one to support the publication of volumes of the Victoria County History to cover parts of Gloucestershire.
Details of the conditions and how to apply can be had from the Treasurer.
This is the new name for Bristol Record Office, and it now has a new logo. Click the logo for the Bristol Archives website. Congratulations to Bristol Archives for meeting national standards on maintenance and access and receiving accreditation from the Archives Services Accreditation panel. Congratulations too to Allie Dillon on her appointment as City Archivist.
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