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 August Update is now available and can be downloaded here.
Newsletter 155, covering the period June to September, 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 The three website pages showing the diary by date, society and speaker have been replaced by three downloadable pdf files.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.
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.
The full price of this latest ALHA publication will be £3.50 (plus 65p for p & p), but it can be bought for only £2.85 plus 65p postage if you order before 15 September.
Click on the picture for an order form.
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.
The theme for ALHA’s 2019 local history day will be transport, broadly interpreted.
Our area, past and present, has been shaped by transport. By boats, because we have a coastline and navigable rivers that facilitated trade and communication: along the coast, up the Severn and its tributaries, to Ireland, Iceland, France, Spain, Portugal, America, the Caribbean, the Baltic. That led to seafaring, ships, including the SSGB, shipbuilding and its financing, and the wealth of many commercial families. Roads started with ridgeways and tracks, then roman roads, carriers’ routes, turnpikes, town streets, by-
ALHA’s events subcommittee invites proposals for talks or presentations on or connected with any aspect of the theme: maximum 500 words, please, to Peter Fleming (Peter.Fleming@uwe.ac.uk); Bob Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org); or Bill Evans (email@example.com).
The ALHA AGM and Joseph Bettey Lecture will be held on the evening of Wednesday 17 October at Glenside Campus of UWE, Blackberry Hill, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 1DD. The meeting is jointly hosted by UWE and the Glenside Hospital Museum, and the history of the hospital will be the subject of the lecture. Our guest speaker will be Stella Man, development director at Glenside Hospital Museum, and the title of her lecture is Discover the secrets to well-
For the first time, we are making available the texts of the papers given by the six speakers. They can be downloaded here.
An Exhibition in words and pictures with a display of original books, pamphlets, postcards etc. on Women’s Suffrage in Bristol from the Bristol Reference Library collections, with banners by Bristol Libraries and West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network. At the Central Library, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TL during July, August and September.
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.
On Sunday 8th July, Pensford Local History Group launched 3 heritage walks booklets, coinciding with the village events marking the 50 years since the Great Flood. Through the winter a team has worked hard to produce these walks, with emphasis on local history. Walk 1, in and around the village of Pensford itself, covers very little distance and is packed with points of interest. Walks 2 and 3, circular to Stanton Drew and to Woollard, are more conventional walks.
The booklets are available in Pensford -
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.
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.
Know Your Place is now being extended to include Devon in addition to the whole of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath & North-
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.
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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