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

Study visit to Purton Hulks : 10th July 2019

Study visit to Purton Hulks : 10th July 2019
A summer’s evening walk to view the famous Hulks in the company of Paul Burnett, local historian and specialist in the origins and development of the ships graveyard.

Latest Posts

Events

Bristol’s Tobacco Bonds: 5th September 2019

Events

Study visit to Purton Hulks : 10th July 2019

News

2019 Design Awards

Updated Bristol Bridges Walk

Updated Bristol Bridges Walk

Explore Bristol /
Bristol has 45 bridges that span the main waterways of the city which can be crossed on foot. Is it possible to walk across all of them without crossing the same bridge twice? This is the question posed by the 300-year-old ‘Konigsberg Bridge’ problem in mathematics.
Bridges-Walk-Map

From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 Bridges: 16th October 2019

Events /
Each one of Bristol’s bridges has a fascinating story which is woven intimately into the 1,000 year history of the city. When and why was it built? What was involved in its design, engineering and construction? Jeff Lucas’s talk explains.
Photo of Portland Square

Portland Square: update June 2019

Planning Issues /
The developer has now applied for planning permission to change the use and provide specialist student housing. The Society prefers conventional residential use creating a more balanced and stable community that would support ancillary activities.
345 Bath Road

345 Bath Road

Planning Issues /
The Society supports Galliford Try’s proposal to develop 345 Bath Road, a site on the city side of the St. Mary Redcliffe cemetery on the Bath Road.
10 Feeder Road

10 Feeder Road

Planning Issues /
On the south-west corner of the junction of Marsh Bridge and Albert Road with the Feeder Road, this scheme would build accommodation for 640 students in blocks of 7, 8 and 14-floors.
Redcross Street

Redcross Street

Planning Issues /
The Society welcomes the construction of more homes in the centre of the city, but we regret that we cannot support this planning application to build 64, 1- and 2-bedroom flats at 7 Redcross Street.
Bath Road former filling station

Bath Road, Totterdown: Update

Planning Issues /
The proposal for the former Filling Station is to build 152 new dwellings in four buildings comprising a 15-storey tower, two central blocks of 6 and 7-storeys and a 3-storey eastern block.
Jacob’s Wells Theatre

Jacob’s Wells Theatre

Blue Plaques /
The Civic Society’s 25th blue plaque adorns the wall of Brandon House, on Jacob’s Wells Road, and commemorates the site of the Jacob’s Wells Theatre, the first purpose-built playhouse in Bristol, which operated from 1729 to 1799.
Launch of Purcell report - 'Towards A Sustainable Future'

Launch of Purcell report – ‘Towards A Sustainable Future’

Ashton Court Mansion /
Bristol City Council has requested that the Civic Society host the Purcell report – ‘Ashton Court – Towards A Sustainable Future’. The report is available in this post.
Visit to Bottle Yard Studios

Visit to Bottle Yard Studios

News /
On 11th April a group of thirty members of Bristol Civic Society were invited to tour the Bottle Yard Studios.
Local Plan Review: second consultation

Local Plan Review: second consultation

Planning Issues /
Bristol Council has been consulting on proposed changes to the Local Plan policies. The Society has responded to the second round of consultation.
Future travel choices event slides

Future travel choices event slides

News /
On 15th May the Bristol Civic Society and the University of the West of England’s Centre for Transport and Society held a well-attended event that focused on future possibilities for electric cars and transport on demand.