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.

How much does it cost?

Use the links in the categories above to download the relevant membership form.

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“I would like Bristol Civic Society to treat all donations I have made in the last four years and until further notice as Gift Aid donations. My annual income tax and/or capital gains tax is at least equal to the amount of tax that all organisations I support will reclaim in the appropriate tax year – currently 25p for every £1. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and council tax do not qualify.”

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BCS Volunteers

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, via the Working Groups
  • writing and producing communications
  • 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

Members listening to talk about Being Brunel

Through the 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 ebulletin: 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.

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