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 trilogy

Autumn Clifton walks trilogy
Gordon Young is running guided late autumn walks of the Clifton plaque sites and the people behind them, bringing the subject to life in a series of three distinct walks.

Latest Posts

Events

Waterside Place Zoom event: 8th December 2021

Past Events

Video of Zoom presentation by Bristol Zoological Society: 17th Nov 2021

Events

Bristol’s White City: 3rd December 2021

Video of Zoom presentation by Shankari Raj: 4th November 2021

Video of Zoom presentation by Shankari Raj: 4th November 2021

Past Events /
A Zoom talk by Shankari Raj about projects she has helped deliver in Bristol. She has run her own architectural practice, Nudge, in Bristol for over 10 years and aims to challenge traditional approaches to architecture head-on.
Autumn Clifton walks trilogy

Autumn Clifton walks trilogy

Events /
Gordon Young is running guided late autumn walks of the Clifton plaque sites and the people behind them, bringing the subject to life in a series of three distinct walks.
Plot 5 Bedminster Green: update November 2021

Plot 5 Bedminster Green: update November 2021

Planning Issues /
Bristol Civic Society supports the principle of a predominantly residential development of 5 Bedminster Green. However, we have a number of serious concerns about this proposal and cannot support this application.
Crofton Gane blue plaque

Crofton Gane blue plaque

Blue Plaques /
On Saturday, 16th October 2021, a blue plaque was unveiled at 38-42 College Green, to celebrate the life of Crofton Gane, 1878-1967, whose business stood on the site of the present building.
Western Harbour: making your voice heard

Western Harbour: making your voice heard

Western Harbour /
How can Civic Society members make their voices heard? Jeff Bishop suggests a number of ways, including the use of Harbour Hopes interactive map.
Video of Zoom event 'Our World Bristol': 25th October 2021

Video of Zoom event ‘Our World Bristol’: 25th October 2021

Past Events /
This is a video of a Zoom presentation by George Ferguson and Clare Wilks on the ‘Our World Bristol’ vision for the future of Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Design Awards Winners 2021

Design Awards Winners 2021

News /
The winners of the Bristol Civic Society 2021 Design Awards were Brandon Yard, the Observatory and The Vincent. Sponsored by Savills, the awards were presented to the winners at an event held in St George’s.
122 Bath Road

122 Bath Road

Planning Issues /
The Civic Society does not support a proposal to redevelop the existing car wash and car sales site at 122 Bath Road to provide 54 1 and 2 bed flats, in blocks up to 9 storeys high.
Ashton Court: October 2021 update

Ashton Court: October 2021 update

Ashton Court Mansion /
The next stage in the ongoing work by The Prince’s Foundation is for the Foundation to spend the next 2 to 3 months doing a go/no go report and business case. 
Western Harbour: October 2021 update

Western Harbour: October 2021 update

Western Harbour /
The City Council has appointed consultants Turner.Works to develop a vision to guide the future of Western Harbour. The Civic Society has been in discussions with the consultants.
Theresa Garnett – Suffragette imprisoned in Horfield

Theresa Garnett – Suffragette imprisoned in Horfield

Blue Plaques /
Our 31st blue plaque is the first blue plaque to be installed on a working prison in the UK. Placed on the Old Main Gate to Horfield Prison, it recognises Theresa Garnett, a suffragette who was imprisoned there in 1909.
Winter Social: 25th January 2022

Winter Social: 25th January 2022

Events /
Following our tradition of New Year social evenings, we are holding an event in January in the Watershed, from 6.00 pm until late.