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

Clifton Plaques walk: 21st & 28th October 2020

Clifton Plaques walk: 21st & 28th October 2020
Gordon Young will lead a Clifton-Plaques walk and will also reveal a fascinating, undocumented discovery - the mansions of an influential cohort of key players in the nineteenth-century commerce of Bristol.
In the planning
  • Shirehampton guided walk by David Martyn. Date under review

Latest Posts

News

Autumn-Winter issue of Better Bristol

Ashton Court Mansion

Ashton Court Mansion: Sept 2020 update

Events

Clifton Plaques walk: 21st & 28th October 2020

Clean Air Plan – Sept 2020 update

Clean Air Plan – Sept 2020 update

Air Quality, Campaigns & Projects /
There have been further delays in the Council’s Clean Air Plan and there is now also a change in plan.
Carriageworks site Zoom session: 16th September 2020

Carriageworks site Zoom session: 16th September 2020

Past Events /
This Zoom meeting covers consultation over the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site. It takes the form of a discussion between Lori Streich and Simon Birch.
Bristol-Kyrle-Society

Annual General Meeting: 8th September 2020

Past Events /
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Bristol Civic Society will be held online on Tuesday 8th September at 19.00, using Zoom. All members are welcome to participate if they wish.
Public Sculpture Guided Walk: 3rd September 2020

Public Sculpture Guided Walk: 3rd September 2020

Past Events /
A walk looking at architectural sculpture and some fine commemorative statues, a superb fountain and some exceptional contemporary commissions.
Cumberland Basin and Locks walk: 19th and 26th August 2020

Cumberland Basin and Locks walk: 19th and 26th August 2020

Past Events /
A walk around Cumberland Basin and locks guided by Ed Hall. The event will feature a description of the area and its historic layout.
Little Paradise update: June 2020

Little Paradise update: June 2020

Planning Issues /
Following the Civic Society review in Feb 2019, revisions have been made. The Society supports some of the changes, but continues to object to the proposals because of the height of the buildings.
Caravan Club Site, Cumberland Road

Caravan Club Site, Cumberland Road

Planning Issues /
Goram Homes, a housing company founded by Bristol City Council, proposes to deliver 165 flats on land previously used as a caravan site off Cumberland Road.
Significance in the Historic Environment - Zoom Event : 16th July 2020, 13.00

Significance in the Historic Environment – Zoom Event : 16th July 2020, 13.00

Past Events /
Understanding how and why we value particular places is fundamental for deciding what should be preserved.
East Street vision

East Street vision

Planning Issues /
The Society has submitted consultation comments on the ‘East Street vision’ commissioned by Bedminster Business Improvement District, which will evolve into a masterplan
Waterfront Place

Waterfront Place

Planning Issues /
The Society supports the mix of uses in proposals for Waterfront Place but regrets that it cannot support the scheme currently proposed.
Civic Voice webinar: The reality behind the housing crisis: Thursday 14th May, 12.30

Civic Voice webinar: The reality behind the housing crisis: Thursday 14th May, 12.30

Past Events /
The second in a series of Civic Voice ‘In Conversations’ with the civic movement, this webinar will explore the new book on the housing crisis by Bob Colenutt.
Civic Voice webinar: building a better post COVID-19: Wednesday 20th May, 16.00

Civic Voice webinar: building a better post COVID-19: Wednesday 20th May, 16.00

Past Events /
The third in a series of Civic Voice ‘In Conversations’ with the civic movement, this webinar will explore how it will be possible to ‘build better and beautifully’ post COVID-19 when Government thinking will be focused on planning for economic recovery.