Better Bristol Magazine

Better Bristol is the Bristol Civic Society magazine, funded from members’ subscriptions. The Autumn-Winter 2019 (PDF) is the latest to be published.

Highlights of the Autumn-Winter 2019 Issue

  • Chairman’s Piece. Simon Birch celebrates the breadth and range of Bristol Civic Society activities.
  • University Challenge. Eugene Byrne looks at the impact students are having on the city.
  • Student Accommodation. John Payne keeps a watchful eye on specialist student accommodation proposals.
  • Major developments. John Frenkel gives an overview.
  • Bristol Civic Society Design Awards 2019. The four winning projects are announced.
  • The School Streets Scheme is coming to Bristol. Kate Highton on plans to set up the School Streets scheme in Bristol.
  • The survival of the Old Building of the Bristol Royal Infirmary. John Frenkel writes about the restoration and reuse of this landmark building.
  • The secret fields of Narroways. Harry McPhillimy explains the origins of Narroways and the on-going battle to preserve this Local Green Space.
  • Destruction and renewal – one and the same?  Gordon Young considers the demolition and reconstruction of the Clifton Suspension Bridge tollhouses.
  • Obituary. We celebrate the life of campaigner Craig Begg.
  • Festival of the Future City 2019. The festival aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities, writes Andrew Kelly.
  • Bristol’s performing arts scene and its venues. Nic Billane continues his survey of Bristol’s creative industries.
  • From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 bridges. Jeff Lucas describes a mathematical puzzle that inspired a walk and a book.
  • The Confucius Culinary Arts Institute. The 2019 Bristol Civic Society Student Prize: the winning project by Sam Willett.
  • Behind the blue curtain. Graham Egarr writes about the latest blue plaque. Plus: Crusoe 300.
  • Voices of Bristol – Gentrification and Us. Mike Manson reviews this thought provoking book by Henry Palmer.

Previous Issues

Use these links to view or download earlier issues of Better Bristol (PDF files)