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

Autumn Clifton walks: 25th Sept to 23rd Oct 2021

Autumn Clifton walks: 25th Sept to 23rd Oct 2021
Gordon Young's Clifton walks have proved very popular and he is continuing them into the autumn. Each walk is focused on commemorative plaques, with Walks I and III in Clifton, and Walk II descending to Hotwells.

Latest Posts

Blue Plaques

Mary Fedden, OBE

Events

Annual Design Awards: 19th October 2021

Events

Bristol Zoo proposals: two presentations

Trinity Road Police Station

Trinity Road Police Station

Planning Issues /
The Society is generally supportive of the redevelopment of this site for residential purposes together with open space, landscaping, parking and associated development. However there are concerns over its height and impact of over neighbouring premises.
Autumn Clifton walks: 25th Sept to 23rd Oct 2021

Autumn Clifton walks: 25th Sept to 23rd Oct 2021

Events /
Gordon Young’s Clifton walks have proved very popular and he is continuing them into the autumn. Each walk is focused on commemorative plaques, with Walks I and III in Clifton, and Walk II descending to Hotwells.
Professor Andrew Keller FRS

Professor Andrew Keller FRS

Blue Plaques /
On 23rd August, a blue plaque was unveiled at 41 Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym celebrating Hungarian-born polymer scientist Professor Andrew Keller FRS, who lived there for more than 30 years.
Western Harbour

Western Harbour

Western Harbour /
The Society is starting work on a campaign to make sure that the Society’s point of view is heard loud and clear in the forthcoming consultations on the future of Western Harbour.
St Michaels

Visit to St Michael on the Mount Without: 9th Sept 2021

Past Events /
A visit to St Michael on the Mount Without, now restored following the fire in 2016 that destroyed the roof and much of the interior. Its owner and restorer Norman Routledge will host the visit.
Visit to Ashton Court Mansion: 14th Sept 2021

Visit to Ashton Court Mansion: 14th Sept 2021

Past Events /
Artspace Lifespace and The Friends of Ashton Court Mansion will host a visit to the Mansion by members of the Civic Society. Society members will visit the normally out of bounds first floor.
Bristol's White City: 29th Oct 2021

Bristol’s White City: 29th Oct 2021

Events /
The fascinating story of what became known as the White City will be unfolded for us by Clive Burlton, a publisher, author and local historian.
A4174 Junction Improvement Scheme

A4174 Junction Improvement Scheme

Planning Issues /
The Society has commented on the South Gloucestershire Council proposal to improve the layout of five junctions on the A4174 Ring Road between the Lyde Green and Kingsfield roundabouts.
What makes Western Harbour special? 11th Aug 2021

What makes Western Harbour special? 11th Aug 2021

Past Events /
An open zoom meeting on the future of Western Harbour to help form the Society’s position on this major development.
Old Market Street

Old Market Street

Planning Issues /
The proposal comprises demolition and rebuilding of 34 Old Market Street plus demolition of the three residential blocks to the rear and construction of a new residential block. 15 residential units will be created.
Redcliffe Quarter

Redcliffe Quarter

Planning Issues /
The Society objects to proposals for the land bounded by Redcliff Street, St Thomas Street and Three Queens Lane, Redcliffe. Of particular concern is the building proposed at the corner of Three Queens Lane and Redcliff Street.
Longmoor Village: July 2021 update

Longmoor Village: July 2021 update

Planning Issues /
The Society has no objections to the access arrangements for the Longmoor Village development, with all other detailed matters deferred until a later application.