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..
Click on About Us for how to contact ALHA
Click on Publications for information about our publishing programme, and how you can contribute to the written history of our area.
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”.
The end of April Update is now available and can be downloaded here
Newsletter 154, covering the period April to July, is still available for download 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 The three website pages showing the diary by date, society and speaker have been replaced by three downloadable pdf files.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.
Richard Smith was a contemporary and colleague of the great Thomas Beddoes. Robert Southey was his neighbour, and Humphry Davy and Samuel Coleridge lectured in his time. Smith himself was a very successful practising surgeon, a lecturer, a notable collector of medical records and statistics, a figure in civic affairs, a voice in the City Council and the press, a poet even. Here Michal Whitfield (author of Dr Goodeve, of The Bristol Microscopists and Homoeopathy in Bristol) tells the story of a lively, extrovert, but representative figure.
This new ALHA publication was launched at the Local History Day April 21 2018 and costs £3.50 plus postage. To order your copy of this, and other titles in the ALHA series, please click for an order form. Full details of all titles are in Publications.
Alternatively, you can order online and pay by card through GENfair.
Mike Hooper has again a series of walks to take advantage of those fine summer days, while offering an insight into the history of a specific area. The dates are:
Monday 14 May -
Monday 11 June -
Sunday 8 July -
Sunday 12 August -
Full details can be downloaded here.
Holy Trinity church in St Philips closed in 1977 after 150 years and has since been recreated as a multi-
The Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) are disposing of their collection of Ordnance Survey maps They vary in years from the beginning of the twentieth century to around the late 50s or so. Most are either 1:2500 or 1:12500 scale and have field numbers. If you are interested in these, or the cabinets in which they are currently stored, please contact Tim Corner at BRERC.
BAFHS have organised the following coach trips, or have secured places on trips by Chauffeurhire. All are open to the general public. Click on each for details.
Thursday 31 May -
Tuesday 26 June -
Saturday 11 August -
The National Heritage Ironwork Group are organising a Festival of Ironwork at Bath in June. As well as practical demonstrations of blacksmithing, and the opportunity to try forging yourself, there will be talks, guided walks, a seminar, a film and many other activities for the whole family. Click here for full details.
A project to help secure the future of Winterbourne’s Medieval Barn has taken a major step forward thanks to a £936,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.
South Gloucestershire Council has been working with the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) to develop a £1.76 million project that will conserve and refurbish the historic barn and its adjacent buildings.
Once the total is reached, the funding will be used to restore, refurbish and find new uses for the 14th Century Court Farm Barn and associated outbuildings, ensuring its long-
The restoration and refurbishment will enable the Trust to offer many more events and activities throughout the year, including heritage and craft-
Further details on the Winterbourne Medieval Barn website.
Yhe year 2018 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Great Flood of 1968. This event is etched indelibly on the memories of everyone who lived in the Chew Valley and much of the Bristol area at the time. It brought tragedy and misery, but also many examples of heroism and selflessness. Much has been written about the Flood and at previous anniversaries exhibitions and dramatic productions have been staged to commemorate it.
Yet, apart from one flood level marker, Keynsham has no physical reminder of that night, and no memorial to those who died when their car was swept off the Chew Bridge in the town centre.
Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society hopes to re-
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.
The programme for 2017-
The final phase of the expansion of Know Your Place has now been completed and coverage has been extended to the whole of the historic County of Somerset. Historic maps of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath & North-
The late Mick Aston was a skilled photographer and a talented draughtsman. Mick’s camera was never from his side and he took every opportunity to record archaeological sites whenever the opportunity arose. Over a career spanning more than 40 years he built up a unique collection of images which charted the development of medieval archaeology throughout Britain. In honour of his contribution to the discipline and his role in public engagement, the Society for Medieval Archaeology announces an annual photographic competition for Society members in Mick’s honour. This year’s theme is The past meets the future and full details of the competition are available on the Society’s website.
This is the new name for Bristol Record Office, and it now has a new logo. Click the logo for the Bristol Archives website.
Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, walks and other activities taking place in Bristol in future weeks and months.
Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, and talks taking place in Bath.
Crossing the river at Pensford. The ALHA Summer Walk, July 4 2016
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The photo of Chipping Sodbury market was found on the Facebook page entitled Chipping Sodbury Photographs. The photo of Stanton Drew Stone Circle is by Michael Day and is taken from flickr. The photo of the Netham Lock in Bristol was taken by the webmaster. Click on each photo to see a full-
The photo of Pensford is by the webmaster.
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