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 presentation by Shankari Raj: 4th November 2021

Zoom presentation by Shankari Raj: 4th November 2021
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.

Latest Posts

Events

Zoom presentation by Shankari Raj: 4th November 2021

News

Design Awards Winners 2021

Planning Issues

122 Bath Road

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.
20 Minute Neighbourhood logo

Video of Zoom talk, The 20 Minute Neighbourhood: 29th Sept 2021

Past Events /
A Zoom talk on The 20 Minute Neighbourhood, by Julia Thrift of the Town & Country Planning Association, will be take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 September 2021.
Mary Fedden, OBE

Mary Fedden, OBE

Blue Plaques /
On Wednesday, 22 September a blue plaque was unveiled at 52 Downs Park East, Westbury Park, the childhood home of the artist, Mary Fedden, OBE. She lived there from her birth year, 1915 until 1920.
Annual Design Awards: 19th October 2021

Annual Design Awards: 19th October 2021

Past Events /
The Bristol Civic Society 2021 Annual Design Awards will be held on 19th October 2021 in St Georges, Bristol, itself a former winner of a Bristol Civic Society Design Award.
Bristol Zoo proposals: two presentations

Bristol Zoo proposals: two presentations

Events /
There are emerging (and very different) plans for Bristol Zoo’s Clifton site and the Bristol Civic Society has arranged two presentations to clarify what is being proposed.
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

Past 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.