Get Involved

John Betjeman famously described Bristol as ‘the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished city in England’. The Bristol Civic Society’s aim is to keep it that way. The Society is an independent, voluntary organisation that exists to improve Bristol’s built environment and celebrate its heritage. We do this through our working groups and through our varied programme of events. We rely on the support of the general public and there are a number of ways you can help – see below:

Join the Society

If you care about Bristol, if you are interested in what is going on in the city and if you want to help us influence how Bristol develops – do join.

Join online

Click on the relevant link below to join the Society:



There is always important work that goes on behind the scenes to support our activities. We are always looking for help with this, as it enables us to spread the load and to do more. This may be in support of our campaigns, our working groups, writing and producing communications or administration.

You’ll be working with others, benefiting from their support and friendship. With most roles, you’ll meet with others from time to time. Depending on the nature of the role, you’ll be using your computer at home and communicating by email. With most roles you can carry out the work at any time that suits you best, so it’s easy to fit volunteering around your other commitments.

You may bring specific skills, or you may just bring energy, commitment and common sense.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us. If you are unsure whom to contact, choose ‘General Enquiries’.

Keep in touch

Through the subscribe link below, you can receive a number of Civic Society emails even if you are not a member of the Society. These include:


  • General eBulletins: regular updates of planned developments, upcoming events and other Society news.
  • Notification of events: you will be sent details of the next Society event.
  • Public Spaces: a longer news bulletin covering public spaces, transport and planning policy; issued quarterly.
  • Ashton Court: a periodic update on the future of the Ashton Court mansion.

Use the following link to see examples of our General and Public Spaces eBulletins, including the most recent ones.

Subscribe to our mailing lists. All Civic Society emails give you the opportunity to amend your subscriptions.