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

Zoom Meeting with Peter Insole: Wednesday 9th December 2020

Zoom Meeting with Peter Insole: Wednesday 9th December 2020
The Power of Place -  Matthew Montagu-Pollock interviews Peter Insole, Bristol City Council’s Principal Historic Environment Officer.
With the second lockdown now in place, previous events scheduled for November are postponed to a later date. A number of Zoom events are in the planning.

Latest Posts

Events

Zoom Meeting with Peter Insole: Wednesday 9th December 2020

Planning Issues

St Catherine’s Place: November 2020 update

Ashton Court Mansion

Ashton Court Mansion: November 2020 update

University Campus Zoom event: 25th November 2020

University Campus Zoom event: 25th November 2020

Past Events /
The new University of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus: the plans, what is happening, what will it be used for? Zoom Meeting: Wednesday 25th November 2020 7:30 pm
'Planning for the Future' - the Government's White Paper

‘Planning for the Future’ – the Government’s White Paper

Planning Issues /
Jeff Bishop reviews ‘Planning for the Future’, a Government White Paper that will, if implemented, affect many aspects of development and conservation in Bristol.
Baltic Wharf and Romney House Zoom event: 14th October 2020

Baltic Wharf and Romney House Zoom event: 14th October 2020

Past Events /
Bristol Civic Society have organised a ZOOM on-line presentation by Stephen Baxter MD of Goram Homes along with his colleague Geoff Fox, Partnership Director.
Clifton and Hotwells walk: 1st Nov 2020

Clifton and Hotwells walk: 1st Nov 2020

Past Events /
Gordon Young, a Clifton Suspension Bridge tour-guide, will lead a 2-hour, 1.5 mile walk entitled ‘Celebrated Citizens of Clifton and Hotwells’.
Clifton Plaques walk: 21st & 28th Oct and 4th Nov 2020

Clifton Plaques walk: 21st & 28th Oct and 4th Nov 2020

Past Events /
Gordon Young will lead the 2-hour, 1.5 mile  walk covering the plaques of Clifton. starting and finishing at Christ Church on Clifton Green.
Autumn-Winter issue of Better Bristol

Autumn-Winter issue of Better Bristol

News /
The Autumn-Winter issue of Better Bristol magazine is now available on-line.
Ashton Court Mansion: Sept 2020 update

Ashton Court Mansion: Sept 2020 update

At last we have a clear decision on the future of Ashton Court Mansion. Bristol City Council has decided to establish a Partnership Board.
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.