www.alha.org.uk

ALHA Avon Local History & Archaeology map18.jpg

Meetings and Events


Our member societies arrange meetings, which are normally open to any member of the public.


This page lists talks, walks and other events chronologically.


Click Group to see a list arranged by the name of the Group, and Speaker to see a list arranged by the name of the Speaker.


Click on the name of the Group to see further details. Most links will take you to the Group’s own website.


Details of new events, corrections and amendments should be sent to the Webmaster.

Caroline Gurney - Tracing agricultural labourers using Manorial and Parochial records

25/09/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Alan & Jane Bambury - The architecture, sculpture & symbolism of a Victorian cemetery (Arnos Vale)

25/09/2017   Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Talk  

Sarah Harris - Windmills and windmillers of Somerset

25/09/2017   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

Prof. Richard Coates - The history of surnames

26/09/2017   Avonmouth Genealogy Group Talk  

Shirley Hodgson - Wandering and begging (vagrant children)

26/09/2017   Malago Society for Bedminster & Bishopsworth Talk  

Jerry Sampson - St Laurence, East Harptree

27/09/2017   Harptrees History Society AGM at 6.30 p.m., followed by talk  

Jonathan Rowe - A short history of Brizz

28/09/2017   Brislington Conservation & History Society Talk  7.30 p.m.  

Simon Cox - Bristol fashion - recent archaeological discoveries concerning Bristol housing and industry

28/09/2017   Bristol Civic Society Talk  

Clive Burlton - The story of the modern "Matthew"

29/09/2017   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Jim Pimpernell - The Dramway and Avon Wharf

03/10/2017   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Chris Bigg - Bristol old and new

03/10/2017   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

Meg Wise - Heraldry and Symbolism at Thornbury Castle

04/10/2017   Olveston Parish Historical Society Short AGM and talk  

Mike Britton - Images of change from the 1930s

05/10/2017   Downend Local History Society Talk  

 - Orchard Harvest Day

08/10/2017   Winterbourne Barn 11.00 to 4.00  

Barry Williamson - Chasing red herrings

09/10/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Cai Mason - Recent archaeology of Bath Quays

09/10/2017   History of Bath Research Group Talk  

Paul Hodge - The history of Bristol Water

09/10/2017   Nailsea & District LHS AGM and talk  

Professor Peter Fleming - Bristol in the middle ages

09/10/2017   Westbury on Trym Society Talk.  

Gail Boyle - A day in the life of a curator

10/10/2017   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  

 -  

11/10/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Sodbury Vale Members' evening  

Gail Boyle - Archaeology, exhibitions and the modern museum audience

12/10/2017   West Bristol History Group Talk  

Colin Budge - Gentleman's estates in the 17th & 18th centuries, with reference to North Somerset

13/10/2017   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

Jinx Newley - Bristol, a city of monks and bones

13/10/2017   Holy Trinity Church, Westbury on Trym 7.30 p.m. £2 including light refreshments  

Mike Hooper - Broadmead before the blitz

16/10/2017   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

Research Group - The work of the research group

17/10/2017   Bishopston, Horfield & Ashley Down LHS Talk  

Dr Matthew Spring - Benjamin Milgrove, musical toy maker of Bath

17/10/2017   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

Professor Helen Meller - How to live in the modern city: women's contribution in Bristol 1860s-1930s

18/10/2017   ALHA    AGM and Joseph Bettey Lecture at Friends Meeting House, Frenchay Common. 7 p.m.  

John Penny - The port of Bristol

18/10/2017   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Charles Booth & Kent Fedorowich - Returning home to fight: Bristolians in the Dominion Armies 1914 - 1918

18/10/2017   Western Front Association - Avon Branch Talk  

Debrah Hutchison - Geology in Victorian Bristol: curating the Bristol Institution, 1823 - 1872

19/10/2017   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Dr Toby Parker - Recent research at S John the Baptist church, Bristol

23/10/2017   Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Talk  

Matthew Morris - Richard III: the king under the car park

23/10/2017   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

Jean Routley - The visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1908 to open the Royal Edward Dock

24/10/2017   Avonmouth Genealogy Group Talk  

John Penny - Planes, boats and trains

24/10/2017   Malago Society for Bedminster & Bishopsworth Talk  

Kim Thompson - The work of the Churches Conservation Trust and local churches in their care

25/10/2017   Harptrees History Society Talk  

Hotwell Howlers - Stoney Broke in No Man's Land - Songs relating to World War I

26/10/2017   Brislington Conservation & History Society Concert. 7.30 p.m. £1 admission, with a rtiring collection for the British Red Cross  

John Page - Hannah More and the Mendip schools

27/10/2017   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Tina McLachlan - Guided tour of Tyntesfield's formal and informal gardens with estate guide

29/10/2017   Gordano Civic Society Guided tour. Starts 10.30. Booking essential. Limit of 20 people  

Roger Jaques - The poor and the not so poor

30/10/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Eric Garrett - The History of Olveston United Football Club, 1926 -76  

01/11/2017   Olveston Parish Historical Society Talk  

Peris Jones - Mangotsfield society in the 17th century

02/11/2017   Downend Local History Society Talk  

Roger Angerson - Cleeve and Beaufort Military Hospital

07/11/2017   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Clive Burlton - Bristol's lost city: the Bristol International Exhibition of 1914

07/11/2017   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

Jaqueline Wadsworth - No news of Fred

08/11/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Sodbury Vale Talk  

Clive Burlton - Bristol's Great War

09/11/2017   West Bristol History Group Film show  

David Sebborn - My brother Admiral Blake

10/11/2017   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

Peter Weeks - Stoke Bishop and WWI  The men on the memorials

10/11/2017   Stoke Bishop & Sneyd Park LHG Talk  

 - Twenty years of Harptrees History Society: celebrating more than 100 years of history

12/11/2017   Harptrees History Society East Harptree Theatre. 12th and 13th November  

Chris Bigg - History of Bristol comnpanies

13/11/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Barbara White - Fanny Murray - the Bath girl who became England's most famous courtesan

13/11/2017   History of Bath Research Group Talk  

Jean Routley - The carols are coming

13/11/2017   Nailsea & District LHS Talk  

David Dawson - Archaeology and pottery production in the south west of England

14/11/2017   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  

Paul Barnett - In defence of the Drift

15/11/2017   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Peter Caddick-Adams - The Italian Front, 1917 - 1918

15/11/2017   Western Front Association - Avon Branch Talk  

Mark Hailwood - What did women do all day in the Tudor and Stuart South West

16/11/2017   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

 -  

18/11/2017   Bishopston, Horfield & Ashley Down LHS AGM and lunch at BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG  

Chris Bigg - Concorde - Queen of the Skies

20/11/2017   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

Peter Davey - To Knowle by tram

21/11/2017   Malago Society for Bedminster & Bishopsworth Talk  

Alan & Jane Bambury - The architecture, sculpture & symbolism of a Victorian cemetery (Arnos Vale)

21/11/2017   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

Canon Jon Cannon - Westbury church

23/11/2017   Holy Trinity Church, Westbury on Trym 7.30 p.m. £2 including light refreshments  

Yvonne Bell - Edwardian Christmas

24/11/2017   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Susan Moore - More than family history

27/11/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

John Stevens - Alfred George Stevens (1817-1875); the life & time of a West Country artist

27/11/2017   Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Talk  

Alan Freke - JS Fry - a family business

27/11/2017   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

Gordon Young - To be arranged

28/11/2017   Avonmouth Genealogy Group Film show  

Terry & Jennie Stevens - Tyntesfield progress and discoveries

29/11/2017   Harptrees History Society Talk  

M. Britton - What is it and where is it?

30/11/2017   Brislington Conservation & History Society Quiz. 2.00 p.m.  

 - Executive Committee meeting

04/12/2017   ALHA Executive Committee   

 -  

05/12/2017   Kingswood History Society AGM, American supper and Christmas quiz  

Marion Blackburn - Arnos Vale Cemetery

05/12/2017   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

Nick McCamley - Secret underground cities

06/12/2017   Olveston Parish Historical Society Talk  

Pat Hase - Female convicts - women who were transported to Australia

07/12/2017   Downend Local History Society AGM and talk  

Professor Richard Coates - Dr Wilkins - vicar of Westbury and Redland

07/12/2017   Holy Trinity Church, Westbury on Trym 7.30 p.m. £2 including light refreshments  

Helen Doe - Challenging the Atlantic: Brunel's first steamship, the Great Western

07/12/2017   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Jonathon Weeks - Medieval instruments part two - woodwind

08/12/2017   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

 - Make a Christmas wreath workshop

09/12/2017   Winterbourne Barn 11 to 4  

Yvonne Bell - Edwardian Christmas

11/12/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Terry Merrett-Smith - Ration books to rock and roll

11/12/2017   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Sandy Tebbutt - Portishead's High Street - formerly known as Mill Street and Duck Street

11/12/2017   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

Verity Anthony - Keynsham Abbey

11/12/2017   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

Garry Gowans - The Christmas truce 1914

11/12/2017   Nailsea & District LHS Talk  

Derek Gore - Recent work on the Vikings in the West Countryt

12/12/2017   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  7 p.m. start  

Tim Bowly - The Tudor navy: from the Mary Rose to the Armada

13/12/2017   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Sue Giddings - Show of vintage films

13/12/2017   Harptrees History Society Film show  

Professor Ronald Hutton - The history of Christmas

14/12/2017   West Bristol History Group Talk and American Supper  

 - Carols in the Barn

16/12/2017   Winterbourne Barn 3.30  £2 adult, £1 children. Includes mince pie and cup of mulled wine or fruit juice.  

 - Carols in the Barn

17/12/2017   Winterbourne Barn 3.30  £2 adult, £1 children. Includes mince pie and cup of mulled wine or fruit juice.  

Professor Jim Davis - The history of pantomime

19/12/2017   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

 -  

20/12/2017   Western Front Association - Avon Branch Christmas quiz and party  

Chris Short - Congresbury church

02/01/2018   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

Jennifer Bone & William Evans - Sir Samuel Astry of Henbury & Aust and the Glorious Revolution of 1688  

03/01/2018   Olveston Parish Historical Society Talk  

Charles Ashley - For the love of maps - reading the past through the Ordnance Survey large scale maps

04/01/2018   Downend Local History Society Talk  

Alan Freke - The Fry family business

08/01/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Jon Benington - Clifford Ellis, Bath Academy of Art and his recent bequest to Victoria Art Gallery

08/01/2018   History of Bath Research Group Talk  

David Brown - "Out in the dark" - an introduction to bats

09/01/2018   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  

Gary Gowans - Mycenae - city of gold

12/01/2018   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

Peter Malpass - Homes of the poor in Victorian Bristol

15/01/2018   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

Howard Burton - Charmy Down: the history of a World War II airfield

16/01/2018   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

André Coutanche - A little kingdom: the Harman family's Lundy 1925 - 1969

17/01/2018   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Julian Warren - From pageants to powerboat racing: the film collections at Bristol Archives

18/01/2018   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Michael Whitfield - The Bristol & Clifton dispensaries; healtchcare for the poor in the 19th century

22/01/2018   Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Talk  

Helen Thomas - Bedminster's tobacco women

22/01/2018   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

Mike Hooper - Further memories of 1950s Bristol

26/01/2018   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Shirley Hodgson - Family history - have we forgotten the basics?

29/01/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Tony Coverdale - Avon Valley copper & brass industry, 1700 - 1750

31/01/2018   Harptrees History Society Talk  

Chris Stephens - Bristol's Australian pioneer: Robert Bush and the Bishop's Knoll WW1 Hospital

01/02/2018   Downend Local History Society Talk  

Steve Poole - England's last crime scene execution at Penn, 1830

06/02/2018   Yatton Local History Society AGM with light refreshments, followed by talk  

Helen Thomas - The Bedminster Tobacco Women  

07/02/2018   Olveston Parish Historical Society Talk  

Pat Hase - Weston super Mare in World War II

09/02/2018   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

Shirley Hodgson - Have we forgotten the basics?

12/02/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Bob Lawrence - How to use the internet to investigae family history

12/02/2018   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

Mike Chapman - History of the Spa pump room and laundry (now the Archway project)

12/02/2018   History of Bath Research Group Talk  

Jerry Sampson - Somerset mason marks

13/02/2018   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  

June Hannam and Lucienne Boyce - Women, citizenship and the 1918 Representation of the People Acts: Bristol women in politics

15/02/2018   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Nick McCamley - Secret underground cities

19/02/2018   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

Steve Hobbs - Tying the knot: marriage in 16th and 17th century Wiltshire

20/02/2018   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

Professor Ronald Hutton - Tudor history - Bloody Mary

21/02/2018   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Alan Freke - The secret history of Frenchay Hospital

23/02/2018   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Stuart Burroughs - Weaver & Sons - making and working in Bath City Centre

26/02/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Evan Jones - The Bristol discovery voyages; an update on the Cabot project

26/02/2018   Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Talk  

Research Group - Three short presentations on recent work

28/02/2018   Harptrees History Society Talks  

 - No meeting at Lincombe Barn. Visit may ne arranged instead

01/03/2018   Downend Local History Society   

Soil Association - Apple grafting workshop

03/03/2018   Winterbourne Barn Workshop. £45. Limited to eight people. Phone 0117 957 4921  

Ian Caskie - The S.S. Great Britain

06/03/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Terry Merrett-Smith - Ration books to rock 'n roll; slides & music from the speaker's collection of 78s

06/03/2018   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

Dr Cathryn Spence - The story of Bath

07/03/2018   Olveston Parish Historical Society Talk  

Paul Gregory - History of the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway

09/03/2018   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

Roger Angerson - Quaker records

12/03/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

David Bridgwater - Sculptors in Bath in the long 18th century

12/03/2018   History of Bath Research Group Talk  

Dr Ian Powsland - The history & archaeology of hill forts in S.W. England

13/03/2018   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  

John Chandler - "The World Runnes oin Wheeles": travels by water & road in 17th century Bristol and Gloucestershire

15/03/2018   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Jinx Newley - Bristol monks and bones

19/03/2018   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

Alan Freke - J.S.Fry: a family business

20/03/2018   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

Alan Freke - The GWR Badminton line

21/03/2018   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

John Penny - The first 50 years of broadcasting in Bristol

23/03/2018   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Colin Chapman - Family history from newspapers and periodicals

26/03/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Paul Barnett - Rout on the Riviers - the story of the Slapton Sand disaster

26/03/2018   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

John Page - The royal palaces of Cheddar

28/03/2018   Harptrees History Society Talk  

Professor Peter Fleming - The battle of Nibley Green

03/04/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Andy Warren - Lofty's radar: Arnold Downes' life in the RAF in World War II

03/04/2018   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

Rob Acton-Campbell - A history of Trooper's Hill

05/04/2018   Downend Local History Society Talk  

Judy & Chris Rouse - Mayhem on the Midland

09/04/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

David Martyn - Kings Weston. The fascinating history of one of Bristol's most overlooked historic sites

09/04/2018   Gordano Civic Society Talk  

John Page - The royal palaces of Cheddar

10/04/2018   Weston super Mare ANHS Talk  

Bev Knott - Roman roads in Avon

13/04/2018   Banwell Archaeological Society Talk  

André Coutanche - "A little kingdom" - the Harman family's Lundy

16/04/2018   Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society Talk  

John Putley - Ugly mugs: great gargoyles of Gloucestershire

17/04/2018   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

Sarah Harris - Marie Antoinette's guide to farming

18/04/2018   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Katy Laytyon-Jones - Brandon Hill to Ham Green: survival, loss and innovation in Bristol's green spaces 1750-2017

19/04/2018   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Colin Johnston & Anne Buchanan - AGM, followed by the Bath Local Studies Centre development

23/04/2018   History of Bath Research Group AGM and Talk. Statts at 6.30  

Prof. Alan Jocelyn - The Bristol riots of 1831

25/04/2018   Harptrees History Society Talk  

Pat Hase - Victorian servants

27/04/2018   Whitchurch Local History Society Talk  

Colin Johnston - Explore house history

30/04/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Simon Cox - Bristol fashion - recent archaeological discoveries concerning Bristol housing and industry

30/04/2018   Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Talk  

Shirley Hodgson - Every boy will join the Navy

01/05/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Geoff Marchant - A local war hero: Captain Andrew Henry

01/05/2018   Yatton Local History Society Talk  

David Martyn - A history of Kings Weston

03/05/2018   Downend Local History Society Talk  

Vince Russett - Busy Romans and reversing rivers: the last 2000 years at Kenn Moor

08/05/2018   Weston super Mare ANHS AGM at 7 p.m., followed by talk at 7.45.  Visitors welcome  

 - 60th anniversary dinner

11/05/2018   Banwell Archaeological Society Dinner  

Rose Hewlett - How to get the best from village records

14/05/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Stephen Clews - Bath Archaeological stores visit

14/05/2018   History of Bath Research Group 6 p.m. start. See website for location  

Dr Cathryn Spence - The story of Bath

15/05/2018   Marshfield & District LHS Talk  

Professor Steve Poole - Ghosts in the garden

16/05/2018   Frampton Cotterell & District LHS Talk  

Nick Nourse - The people's music: from street ballads to music hall in 19th century Bristol

17/05/2018   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

 -  

18/05/2018   Whitchurch Local History Society Annual General Meeting, followed by talk to be arranged  

Andrew Galloway - Adoption and the family historian

21/05/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Felicity Medcalf - Newton Park, Bath. Its history and Capability Brown's gardens

30/05/2018   Harptrees History Society Guided Walk. £3  

Pat Lindegaard - Killed in a coalmine

05/06/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Professor Gareth Williams - Angel of death: the story of smallpox

07/06/2018   Downend Local History Society Talk  

Kurt Adams - Treasures and trinkets (archaeology antiques road show)

08/06/2018   Banwell Archaeological Society AGM and talk  

David Crellin - Visit to Swainswick including private gadens and houses

11/06/2018   History of Bath Research Group Visit. 6 p.m. start  

John Penny - Georgian and Regency St Pauls, Bristol.

18/06/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bristol Talk  

Professor Jennifer Tann - Sweeps to slaves: working children in the past

19/06/2018   Marshfield & District LHS AGM and talk  

Clare Hickman - Therapeutic landscapes: the design and use of Bristol's hospital gardens since 1800

21/06/2018   UWE Regional History Centre & M Shed Seminar. M Shed 18.00 - 19.30 Admission free  

Gary Nott - Wills Memorial Building and Tower, Bristol

27/06/2018   Harptrees History Society Guiuded visit. £6  

David Hardill - History of Parnalls, Yate

03/07/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Mike Chapman - From Pulteney Bridge, Bath to Widcombe

25/07/2018   Harptrees History Society Guided riverside walk. Cost TBA  

Cai Mason - Bath Quays excavation

30/07/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

Terry Merrett-Smith - Ration books to Rock 'n Roll

07/08/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Mike Britton - Images of change from the 1930s

04/09/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

 - To be confirmed

24/09/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath   

Phil Cox - The Newport medieval ship

02/10/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

 - To be confirmed

29/10/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath   

Professor Chris Stephens - Bishops Knoll Hospital - World War I hospital

06/11/2018   Kingswood History Society Talk  

Marie-Louise Luxemburg - Charles Dickens, miniaturist, comes to Bath 1762

26/11/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath Talk  

 -  

04/12/2018   Kingswood History Society AGM.  American supper quiz and entertainment  

 - To be confirmed

10/12/2018   Bristol & Avon Family HS Bath