St Michael on the Mount, Thursday 6th April

St Michael MountPublic Meeting - Thursday 6th April.

We are holding a public meeting on Thursday 6th April at 6.00 pm at Lecture Theatre G25 in the Wills Memorial Building.

Why now?

The Diocese has commissioned work to clear debris and erect a temporary roof. They intend to seek options for future use later in the year. Good time now for the community to get organised and to investigate possible future uses, possible future management etc. Aim to be proactive rather than wait for the consultation & react to it.


Bristol Old Vic, Tues 13 Dec 2016

Old Vic... Past and Future - Emma Stenning, Chief Executive of Bristol Old Vic.

Following a successful stint as Executive Director of Battersea Arts Centre, Emma Stenning moved to Bristol Old Vic in 2009. Upon arriving, she and artistic director Tom Morris decided that refurbishments were in order to restore the historic auditorium, and to update the front of house spaces, making them more fit for purpose. The first part of these refurbishments, the restoration of the Georgian auditorium, were completed in 2012. The next stage now is the building of the new front of house space, designed by award winning architects Haworth Tompkins. Emma will discuss the journey so far, and the future of the building once it reopens.


St George's, Thurs 10 Nov 2016

St Georges... at Redland Parish Hall, 7.30pm

Building a Sound Future for St George’s Bristol – Suzanne Rolt, Chief Executive, St George’s Bristol

St George’s Bristol is embarking on a £5.5million extension programme, supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Bristol City Council, and charitable trusts.


Heritage Conference, Thurs 27 Oct 2016

Bristol 1873Theme: The Future and Health of Bristol's Historic Places

Examining the future resilience of Bristol's historic estates.

Thursday 27 October 2016, 9.30 - 20.00
St James Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol, BS1 3NZ

With over one third of the city covered by Conservation Areas, Bristol's built heritage is critically important to the economic, social and environmental well being of the city. However with increasing pressures on these sites, from limited funding and resource to impacting developments, just how safe is their future? The inaugural Heritage Conference of the newly formed Bristol Heritage Forum will examine the resilience and future health of Bristol's historic estates.


Bristol Record Office, Thur 29 Sept 2016

Bristol Record OfficeHome to 800 years of Archive

A talk on the Bristol Record Office by Senior Archivist Allie Dillon. Established in 1924, the Office was the first borough record office in the UK. It looks after the official archives of the City of Bristol and collects and preserves many other records relating to the city and surrounding area for current and future generations to consult.

The event takes place at 7.30pm at the Upper Meeting Room, Friends Meeting House, Hampton Road, BS6 6JE. Members £2, Non-members £5 suggested (minimum £2). Booking not required.

Ashton Court visit, Wed 28 September 2016

lower lodge gateA chance to view the Lower Lodge, Ashton Court, which is currently being refurbished. Numbers limited to 20 max. The visit starts at 11.00am. Numbers are limited - possibly to 20 (depends on whether we need hard hats by then).

Reserve your place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clifton and Durdham Downs, Thurs 7 July 2016

seven sisters durdham downs

Richard Bland leads a summer evening walk and talk covering interesting aspects of the history of the Downs and its role today. Meet at the Café Retreat, near the Water Tower by 7.45pm for an 8pm start. Duration about 2 hours. Limited to 20 people. To book a place, phone Nic Billane 07791 603 322, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bristol Schemes of Sylvia Crowe, Tues 21 June 2016

Cumberland basinLed by Wendy Tippett, this walk covers landscape associated with the Cumberland Basin Bridges and Ashton Gate Junction road scheme. Starting from Hotwells and exploring the Cumberland Piazza before crossing over the Cumberland Lock to the Look Out on Spike Island, then up and over the Avon Bridge, down into Ashton Meadows, across Greville Smyth Park and down to Blackmoors Lane neighbourhood park – finishing back at the Rose of Denmark. It will be rush hour, with busy noisy traffic. Be prepared for lots of concrete, spiral staircases and care when walking on the pavement alongside the road. Meet outside the Rose of Denmark pub in Hotwells. Duration: 2 – 2½ hours. Booking required. To book a place, phone Nic Billane 07791 603 322, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tobacco history walk, 11 & 15 May 2016

tobacco factorySimon Birch leads a guided walk on the theme "The History of the Tobacco Industry": Wednesday 11th and Sunday 15th May 2016.

An urban walk along Redcliff Street, East Street and North Street, optional return routes.

Meet at: corner of Victoria Street and Redcliff Street
Maximum numbers 20. Booking required
To book a place contact Simon Birch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harbour walk, Thurs 12/26 May 2016

Underfall YardA guided walk around the Floating Harbour led by Ed Hall.

A walk around Underfall Yard, Cumberland Basin and the locks to explain why and how the problems of tides were overcome by the creation of the ‘Floating Harbour’.

Meet at 10.45am at The Cottage Pub, Baltic Wharf on the docks. Includes some off road walking so not suitable for stilettoes, buggies or wheel chairs.

Limited to 20 people. Booking essential.

To book a place text or phone Ed Hall on 0780 500 7304. 

Cost: £2

Bristol Walking Alliance Launch, Tues 17 May 2016

city walkingYou are invited to the launch of Bristol Walking Alliance, a new alliance of organisations campaigning to improve Bristol's walking environment. Bristol Civic Society is a member.

This is a chance for local people, voluntary groups, policy makers, transport planners, urban designers and others with an interest in walking to consider ways to support and improve the pedestrian environment.


Walled City Walk, Thurs 5/19 May 2016

 walled city walkA guided walk on Thurday 5th and Thursday 19th May at 11am

Ed Hall is your guide on this walk, which follows the route of the Norman town walls, returning through the busy heart of Old City. Meet at 10.45am at the Merchant Navy Memorial, Welsh Back-near Glass Boat.

Limited to 20 people. Booking essential. To book a place text or phone Ed Hall on 0780 500 7304

Cost: £2

Bristol Arena talk, Tues 10 May 2016

arenaBristol Arena Design by Populous and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

International design team Populous and Bath-based architects Feilden Clegg Bradley are part of the team which has developed plans for Bristol’s long awaited arena. The world-class, 12,000-capacity venue will spur the creation of a vibrant new quarter in the city, with a design flexible enough to cater for a wide variety of events, inside and outside, throughout the year.

7.30pm: Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE

Booking not required. Contact - Avril Baker 0117 977 2002 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members: £2 Non-members: £5 suggested (minimum £2).

Kingsdown walk, Wed 27 April 2016

Back of Kingsdown ParadeA guided walk around Kingsdown – the Vertical Suburb.

An extremely entertaining and informative walk around Kingsdown led by Mary Wright, local resident, historian and author. Full of tales about previous residents, historical incidents and architectural highlights: from the site of an English Civil War Fort to the award-winning High Kingsdown development. Duration about an hour.

Meet at: Montague Green - junction at top of Horfield Road and Kingsdown Parade.

Maximum numbers 20. Booking required. To book a place, phone Nic Billane 07791 603 322, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Burwalls, Wed 20 April 2016

BurwallsA guided site visit to this almost complete development. Conversion to create quality flats with wonderful views. An opportunity to tour this wonderful property courtesy of the developer – Kersfield Developments. Located opposite the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre (Leigh Woods end). Note there is no parking

Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 11.00 am. Visit limited to 20 members. Booking required

To book a place, phone Nic Billane 07791 603 322, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bike Ride, Sat 5 March 2016

bike ridesPeter Weeks will lead a ride around the city looking at Award-winning buildings and other new architecture with a slant towards 'green' buildings. Hopefully this will spark some lively discussion onwhat constitutes 'good architecture', and how it impacts the environment.


Civic Voice Workshops, Wed 2 March 2016

War memorialsCivic Voice is running two free workshops in Bristol.

  • War memorials workshop - Wednesday 2nd March - 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Smarter Campaigning workshop - Wednesday 2nd March - 2.00pm - 5.00pm

War memorials workshop

An exciting opportunity has become available for communities in Bristol to play a part in conserving and protecting their local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.

Civic Voice is running a free workshop on Wednesday 2nd March. Come along and find out about the First World War Memorial Programme, consider how you can identify and record the condition of your local memorials, the steps that can be taken to conserve them for the future and the funding that’s available for their repair and conservation.


Heritage Forum, Thurs 25 Feb 2016

Bristol in 1934This is a new event so please put it in your diaries and come along. It starts at 7.30 pm at the Unitarian Chapel in Brunswick Square.

Bristol Civic Society is taking the lead in co-ordinating the launch of a Heritage Forum for Bristol. This is an exciting and very timely initiative. The Forum is being launched with the support of both Historic England and Bristol City Council. At the event there will be speakers from Historic England, Bristol City Council and the Civic Society. Proposals will be set within a national and regional context and will relate to the City Council's own Heritage Framework.


A Family Business, Thurs 21 Jan 2016

JSFryA talk on J.S. Fry & Sons by Alan Freke.

The story of how the famous chocolate business passed down the generations – with a few diversions along the way! Alan is chair of the Francis Tuckett Society and is an expert on the fascinating history of Frenchay. The Tucketts were a prominent Quaker family in Frenchay from 1800 to 1928.

The society maintains Frenchay Village Museum, near the entrance to Frenchay Hospital, which has a wealth of information and memorabilia about Frenchay. The society is currently very active in securing artefacts for the museum from the former Frenchay Hospital, including items from the former American Chapel in the hospital.


Bristol Explored, Tues 3 Nov 2015

Timothy Mowl walksTimothy Mowl’s latest book, featuring 12 urban walks, explores Bristol’s diverse architectural heritage, its maritime past and rich social history.

Where in Bristol can you find the remnants of a Sixties walkway in the sky? Or a huge altarpiece painted by our greatest satirist? Which 18th-century pub – still serving pints today – played a part in the nascent anti-slavery movement? And did you know Bristol has a perfect Elizabethan knot garden and that the cables holding up Clifton’s Suspension Bridge are second-hand?


Civic Voice Convention, Fri-Sat 23-24 Oct 2015

civic-society-logoIn 2015 Civic Voice, the umbrella group for Civic Societies across the country, will be holding its sixth annual two day convention here in Bristol. Delegates will be attending from all corners of England. Bristol Civic Society is assisting with the organisation of the event and members are welcome to attend all or part of the convention. However registration will be necessary.

The Convention will commence at 12 noon on Friday 23 October and finishes at 4pm on the following day.


Blue Plaque: Strimer Sisters, Sat 17 Oct 2015

strimer sistersThe first new Blue Plaque to be unveiled since the Society took over running the scheme from the Council will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor on Saturday 17 October at 3.00 pm at 8 Cranbrook Road, Redland. We are expecting 30+ descendants of the Strimer Sisters at the event.

Click on the map to locate 8 Cranbrook Road on Google maps.

Bristol Doors Open Day, Sat 12 September 2015

DoD brochureBristol Doors Open Day is a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of events and activities – all free for the day.

The next Bristol Doors Open Day will be on Saturday 12 September 2015. The list of 71 venues can be found here. Some need to be booked in advance. Leaflets listing the venues are available from the Architecture Centre, Bristol Tourist Information Centre, libraries and other public venues.

For more information, see

Bristol is open, Thurs 10 September 2015

bristolisopen graphicBuilding the world's first open programmable city - Paul Wilson

How cities work is changing. Developments in software, hardware and telecom networks are enabling more interaction between people and places and more machine-to-machine communication, creating an internet of things. Opening-up and making sense of this will give us more ability to interact, work and play with our city. Smart city technologies will be able to respond in real-time to everyday events including congestion, waste management, entertainment events, e-democracy, energy supply and more.


Bristol as an Imperial City, Thurs 6 August 2015

Bristol 1873Alex Gapud talk and discussion

What, if anything, did the British Empire mean to Bristol and what might it mean to us now? How do we remember this aspect of the city's past? These are questions for debate, which raise strong opinions and invoke powerful passionate responses. This debate is part of an ongoing research project which seeks to ask if and how we might begin to talk about Bristol’s complex history and its relationship with Empire.


Arnos Vale Cemetery, Tues 7 July 2015

Arnos-ValeA guided tour

Following the talk organised by Bristol Civic Society and given by Alan Bambury last December on Arnos Vale – The Architecture and Symbolism of a Victorian Garden Cemetery, we have now organised a private guided evening tour of this very special place, which was almost lost forever in the 1980s. The tour will last for about two hours.

The cemetery, which was established in an Arcadian landscape in 1837, is now managed by Arnos Vale Trust. The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery provide vital financial support for the Trust’s restoration work.


Bearpit Heritage Project, Sat 6 June 2015

Bearpit ramp after 1Launch event on Saturday 6th June 2015

One of the initiatives of the Bearpit Improvement Group (BIG) has been a project to explore the history of the Bearpit area. The Bearpit is otherwise known as St James Barton roundabout. St James Barton has a history dating back to the Middle Ages and has seen many arrivals to the city in that time.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, BIG commissioned Pete Insole and Ruth Myers of Myers-Insole Local Learning CIC to produce two wall panels for the subway ramp by the Premier Inn leading to the Bearpit.


The Arboretum of Bristol, Wed 13 & 20 May 2015

Redland-Green-ash-treesA talk and guided tour

Michele Lavelle, Bill Ambridge, Alan Steeley and Kevin Stuckey

Bristol has a very favourable climate able to support a wide variety of trees. A fine collection of ancient and veteran trees have graced the city for hundreds of years, with several achieving a trunk circumference of 8 metres. There are also more recently introduced exotics and specimens.

With several native species under threat due to disease, in particular Ash and Oak, the documentation of other tree species that can grow and thrive in Bristol will be an important green legacy.


Old City Walks, Thurs 7-28 May 2015

walled-city-walk-1Old City of Bristol walks will take place on Thursdays in May (7, 14, 21 and 28 May). Meet 10.45 for 11.00am starts.

These are circular walks, led by Ed Hall, based on the Walled City Walk.

Meet at the Merchant Navy War Memorial, Welsh Back, near 'The Glassboat'.

To book a place, phone Ed Hall: 07805 007304. Members £2 non-members £5

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