Who are we and what do we do?

Bristol Civic Society is an independent, voluntary organisation that exists to improve Bristol’s built environment and celebrate its heritage. We have existed as a society for over 100 years.

Through our working groups, we seek to influence the development of major sites, and new planning and transport policy. And we monitor planning applications. New group members are always welcome. 

Our Manifesto for Bristol [PDF] describes some key high-level principles that unite us when we work to make Bristol a better place.

We put on a varied events programme. In addition to this website, we publish Better Bristol (in the spring and autumn each year) and send out (by email) regular e-bulletins and event notifications. We are an active and friendly organisation with over 400 members from all walks of life.

Forthcoming Events

Annual Social Evening: 22nd January 2020

Annual Social Evening: 22nd January 2020
Following our tradition of New Year social evenings, we are holding an event next January in the Watershed.

Latest Posts

Events

Façades and Films: 26th February 2020

Events

Limbs & Things: 13th February 2020

Blue Plaques

Dame Iris Murdoch

The Arc, Millennium Square

The Arc, Millennium Square

Planning Issues /
We Are Curious propose to develop a moving observation capsule in the north east corner of Millennium Square. beside the listed, former Cannons Marsh railway goods shed.
Council housing developments

Council housing developments

Planning Issues /
The Society strongly supports the Council’s initiative to re-develop vacant suburban sites around the city with higher residential densities. Most of the land the Council owns.
Dame Iris Murdoch: forthcoming plaque

Dame Iris Murdoch: forthcoming plaque

Blue Plaques /
There will be an unveiling of a Bristol Civic Society Blue Plaque by the Lord Mayor at 1:55 pm on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at the entrance gate to Badminton School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3BA.
Thomas Ware and Sons, Tanners: 22nd April 2020

Thomas Ware and Sons, Tanners: 22nd April 2020

Events /
A visit to the tannery of Thomas Ware and Sons, Coronation Road, for Wednesday 22 April at 18.00. The tour will last for some two hours.
Baldwin Street traffic

The Council decides on a Clean Air Plan: is it worth having?

Air Quality, Campaigns & Projects /
Bristol’s Clean Air Plan was decided at a Cabinet meeting on 5th November. A better scheme would have a joined-up plan to tackle together air pollution, congestion and the climate emergency.
Globe House

Globe House

Planning Issues /
Westworks propose to develop a large site between the River Frome and Pennywell Road. This includes Globe House, a dilapidated building at the centre of the site.
Leisure Island

Leisure Island

Planning Issues /
Although the Society strongly supports redevelopment of this triangular space close to Lawrence Hill roundabout, we regret that we cannot support the erection of a new 6-storey perimeter block.
Former Soapworks Building

Former Soapworks Building

Planning Issues /
The developer First Base proposes to redevelop the site of the former Gardiner Haskins Homecentre between Old Bread Street and Straight Street, Old Market.
Annual Social Evening: 22nd January 2020

Annual Social Evening: 22nd January 2020

Events /
Following our tradition of New Year social evenings, we are holding an event next January in the Watershed.
Bristol-Kyrle-Society

Annual General Meeting: 2nd June 2020

Events /
The Annual General Meeting in 2020 will take place on Tuesday 2nd June at the church of St Michael on the Mount Without.
University of Bristol Library: October 2019 update

University of Bristol Library: October 2019 update

Planning Issues /
The proposed University of Bristol new library will be located on the site of the current Hawthorns building. The Society continues to support a development of a library on this site but regrets that it cannot support this proposal.
Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol

Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol

News /
The report on an event organised jointly by Bristol Civic Society and University of the West of England as part of Festival of Future City.