www.alha.org.uk

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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 3-4 compact but authoritative books on aspects of Avon local history, and each summer we organise a series of walks.


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”, and for issues of the Newsletter and monthly Update.

News and Forthcoming Events


End of April 2021 Monthly Update now available

The Update published on 30 April, is now available, and is packed with interesting news and opinion. It can be downloaded here.


Previous Newsletters, and monthly updates, and other ALHA publications over the past 44 years, are all available for download in the Archive section of the website.


Welcome to Bath Centre National Trust

We’re pleased to share news of our very latest member group. Founded in 1977, it now has over 200 members drawn from Bath and the surrounding areas. Activities include talks and outings which raise funds for National Trust projects. Lots more information can be found on their website here.


Diary of Events


Some groups have started making arrangements for meetings after the end of the pandemic, and these can be found on the Events page.


If your group is a member of ALHA and you would like to see your events listed, please send them to the webmaster.


Forthcoming Online History Events which are Publicly Available


Click on the link below for more detail and registration instructions. The website of the organisation may also have details of talks later in the year.


10 May 2021 Bristol Medical History Society
Dr Walter Hadwen – GP and Antivaccinationist - a talk based on his book of the notable Gloucester GP Dr Michael Till

A doctor in Pre-war Poland - a talk based on her translation of her mother’s journal of life in Poland. Dr Monika Blackwell
e-mail for zoom link


12 May 2021 BALH Digital Webinar : How to Self-publish Your Local History

John Chandler

British Association for Local History


12 May 2021 Unbuilt Bristol

Eugene Byrne

Bristol Historical Association


12 May 2021 Guilty Pleasures
Chris Bigg
e-mail for joining details for meeting
Blagdon Local History Society 7.30


13 May 2021 Home Educator Webinar: Brilliant Bristol Women

Bristol Museums


20 May 2021 The Bristol School of Artists revisited

Dr Jenny Gaschke

Bristol Museums


12 June 2021 BALH Digital Webinar : Local History Day 2021 AGM and Talk

Speaker tba

British Association for Local History


14 July 2021 BALH Digital Webinar : Getting Your Local History Research Out There!

Claire Kennan

British Association for Local History


17 July to 1 August 2021 CBA Festival of Archaeology
Click for details of events taking place, and to add details of your own.


Podcasts - 12 Communities 1 Bristol

A series of local oral history podcasts made by Marcus Smith with BCfm, in partnership with Bristol24/7, Bristol Museums, Bristol Archives, UWE Bristol and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Available on Bristol 24/7 and elsewhere


New Publication from ALHA

Surgery in Eighteenth- Century Bristol
by
Michael Whitfield.


This study sets sketches of half a dozen Bristol surgeons against the background of medical profession of the time. Technically surgeons ranked below physicians in status, but these men might enjoy great reputation as their apprentice lists and fees demonstrate. Nor was their work limited to surgical intervention; and the detailed and well-documented accounts of individual cases here enlarge our knowledge of the medical practice of the time.


To order a copy of this title, or any other ALHA publication, please go to Publications.


Free Downloads of ALHA publications

As ALHA publications go out of print, we are making them available as pdf files which can be downloaded free of charge. The first two titles are The Bristol Dock Company 1803-1848 by Peter Malpas and The Victorian model farm in south Gloucestershire and North Somerset by William Evans. To download copies, go to the Publications page.


Helping with ALHA

Avon Local History & Genealogy is always looking for volunteers to help with its activities and decision making. If you would likje to become a Trustee and join the executive committee, please contact the secretary.


ALHA - digitisation

As part of the ALHA Grants Programme, a sum of money has been allocated for the digitisation of local history books and other material, in support of the Bristol Record Society programme detailed below. We are therefore inviting suggestions of suitable items, which should be out of print and out of copyright. Ideas from ALHA groups and members should be sent to the Treasurer.


Bristol Record Society - digitisation programme

Since 2015, Bristol Record Society has been working on a programme of digitisation, in line with its core mission to make available materials needed for studying the history of our extraordinary city. While the Society began this initiative with the electronic publication of its own volumes, it has now moved on to other primary sources and scholarly works.


In association with the Bristol Branch of the Historical Association, the BRS digitised and e-published the 120 pamphlets produced by the BHA (1960-2007). These were the direct precursors to the ALHA book series.

  

In the last year, the Society has also e-published electronic copies of a dozen out-of-print scholarly books that relate to the history of Bristol. Recently, the Society has undertaken the digitisation of some of the topographical prints of 17th-18th century Bristol, owned by the Society of Merchant Venturers. These have been photographed in the Special Collections Department of the University of Bristol and are now being made available under a Creative Commons license. So any one in the world can now view, download and use high resolution images of these important artworks for free.  Click here for a full list.


Details of the items recently digitised are in the Archive section of the ALHA website, together with information about other digitisation initiative concerned with the history of our area.


The Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society

The future BGAS programme can be found at www.bgas.org.uk. All meetings have now been postponed until further notice.


Grants

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.


What’s On at Bristol Museums & Archives

Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, walks and other activities taking place in Bristol in future weeks and months.


Heritage events in Bath

Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, and talks taking place in Bath.



































The ALHA Summer Walk at Thornbury, August 2019




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Photos

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-screen image.

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This website was last updated on Sunday, May 9, 2021. If you spot any errors or omissions, please advise the webmaster.






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