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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”.

News and Forthcoming Events


End of May Update now available


The end of May Update is now available, and can be downloaded here.


If you missed Newsletter 158, published at the end of March, it is still available here.


Previous Newsletters, and monthly updates, are all available for download in the Archive section of the website.


Diary of Events

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 The three website pages showing the diary by date, society and speaker have been replaced by three downloadable pdf files.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:


Events arranged by date


Events arranged by name of society


Events arranged by name of speaker


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.


ALHA Summer Walks 2019

The programme of Summer Walks is now available and can be downloaded here. You pay on the day, and booking is not required. Details of future walks are as follows:


Monday 24 June - Saltford Brass Mill.

Meet at The Shallows car park at 6.45 for 7 p.m. start. The walk will be led by Patrick Beazley. Cost of this walk is £2.


Monday 15 July - Old Market Street

Meet at the Stag and Hounds pub at 6.45 for a 7 p.m. start. The walk will be led by Mike Manson. Cost of this walk is £2.


Sunday 11 August - Thornbury
Meet at the Museum in Chapel Street, between the Cossham Hall and the Wheatsheaf pub. The walk will be led by Jane Marks. Cost of this walk is £3.


Thanks to Mike Hooper for organising these walks.


Schools, Readers and Writers in Medieval Bristol ALHA BOOKS.pdf

by Nicholas Orme

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).


Click on the picture for an order form.

ALHA Publications

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.


Getting About - 2019 Local History Day

If you were unable to get to the Local History Day, were unable to hear or see some of the talks, or just want to refresh your memory, the text of four of the five talks can be downloaded here.


Know Your Place - West of England - now includes Devon

Know Your Place has now been extended to include Devon in addition to the whole of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath & North-east Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire Council areas. The site has historic and current maps together with illustrations and much other local history information. New maps are continually being added, so it is worth checking back. The website is at www.kypwest.org.uk.


UWE Regional History Centre Seminars at “M” Shed

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.


Bath Historical Directories

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.


Pensford and the Great Flood of 1968

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: ppw.publishing@gmail.com



Histories of Women in Agriculture and Rural Life - Saturday 29 June, Bristol

This twenty-sixth annual conference of the West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network will look at various aspects of the topic. The keynote speaker will be Professor Nicola Verdon, author of Rural Women Workers in 19th century England. Further details can be found here.


Whitchurch Village Memories

Whitchurch Local History Society has just published an illustrated 56-page A4 size book which is the 3rd volume of ‘memories of Whitchurch life’ contributed by residents.

It costs £5.00 and copies are available by contacting Keith Stenner (01275 541512), Sue Subow (01275 834677) or Geoff Gardiner ( 01275 830869)





Redcliffe Quarter Archaeology


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-Up Exhibition. Further details can be found here.


Recent Work in Welsh Landscape History

A one-day conference organised by the Cambrian Archaeological Association and the Society for Landscape Studies will be held at the University of Cardiff (note change of venue) on Saturday 19 October. Click for further details and a booking form.


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.


Bristol Archives

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.


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.
























Kingsweston House, Summer 2018




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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.

The photo of Kingsweston House is by the webmaster.

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This website was last updated on Saturday, June 15, 2019. If you spot any errors or omissions, please advise the webmaster.



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