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

Cumberland Basin Zoom event: 21st April 2021

Cumberland Basin Zoom event: 21st April 2021
A Zoom presentation by Geoff Wallis on the industrial and maritime heritage in and around the Cumberland Basin.

Latest Posts

Events

Bristol Tram Zoom event: 12th May 2021

Events

Cumberland Basin Zoom event: 21st April 2021

Past Events

Video of Zoom event: Underfall Yard, Wed 7th April 2021

Video of Zoom event: Alec French transformational architects, 24th March 2021

Video of Zoom event: Alec French transformational architects, 24th March 2021

Past Events /
In this Zoom event Robin Gray, a Director of Alec French Architects (AFA), will cover some of the interesting work AFA have completed in Bristol.
Ashton Court: March 2021 update

Ashton Court: March 2021 update

From this Spring, The Prince’s Foundation will lead a community consultation on the future of Ashton Court Mansion, bringing together groups with an active interest in the building as well a wider network of community organisations.
Video of Zoom event with AHMM Architects: Wed 17th March 2021

Video of Zoom event with AHMM Architects: Wed 17th March 2021

Past Events /
An exploration of some of the work Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects of Bristol have been involved with in Bristol over the past decade.
Clean Air Zone – March 2021 update: the Cabinet decision

Clean Air Zone – March 2021 update: the Cabinet decision

The Cabinet meeting in late February 2021 confirmed that a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be introduced from October 2021.
Bedminster Green River Restoration and Transport consultation

Bedminster Green River Restoration and Transport consultation

Planning Issues /
The Society has responded to a Bristol City Council consultation on plans to improve local transport, and restore the River Malago, in the Bedminster Green Development area.
Video of Zoom event: Mapping the Medieval Town, Wed 3rd March 2021

Video of Zoom event: Mapping the Medieval Town, Wed 3rd March 2021

Past Events /
Video of the Zoom talk, delivered by Robert Jones, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Robert looked at some of the challenges that were faced in putting together a map of medieval Bristol in 1480.
Video of Zoom event Egypt-on-Avon: Wed 17th Feb 2021

Video of Zoom event Egypt-on-Avon: Wed 17th Feb 2021

Past Events /
A video of the zoom meeting with Professor Aidan Dodson of the University of Bristol. He looked at how ancient Egypt and our local area have interacted over the past two centuries.
Silverthorne Lane Conservation Area Consultation

Silverthorne Lane Conservation Area Consultation

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society welcomes the proposed Conservation Area around Silverthorne Lane, an area characterised by historic industrial land uses and historic routes.
One Temple Way

One Temple Way

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society welcomes the proposed refurbishment and repurposing of One Temple Way a property which represents an important part of Bristol’s recent industrial history.
Zoom event, West Car Park in Clifton: Mon 15th Feb 2021

Zoom event, West Car Park in Clifton: Mon 15th Feb 2021

Past Events /
A Zoom meeting about the development proposals for the West Car Park in Clifton. This will be the first area to be developed, generating funds for the planned move of the Zoo.
Active Travel Fund schemes

Active Travel Fund schemes

Planning Issues /
The Society has responded to consultation on a number of active travel schemes proposed by the Council. The consultation was in the form of a series of engagement surveys; the Society commented generally, not on specific schemes.
Bristol Bridge 'closure'

Bristol Bridge ‘closure’

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society comments on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) in respect of Bristol Bridge and associated streets.