Video of Zoom event: Mapping the Medieval Town, Wed 3rd March 2021

This is a video of the event in which Robert Jones, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, looked at some of the challenges that were faced in putting the 1480 map together.

Event notice

In collaboration with the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and a small team of researchers, the Historic Towns Trust has produced a map of medieval Bristol in 1480. The Trust last published an atlas of Bristol in the 1970s with a detailed commentary on Bristol from its foundation until the early 19th century. Since then, however, considerable new research has taken place, enabling a more detailed map to be produced which will allow visitors and residents to walk the streets of the city armed with information about the sites and areas they visit.

The date of 1480 was chosen since it was the date when the chronicler William Worcestre, a native of Bristol, wrote a detailed account of the town, describing the streets and the buildings that he saw, giving us a unique insight, from the viewpoint of a contemporary, of the layout and overall feel of the town.

This talk, delivered by Robert Jones, will look at some of the challenges that were faced in putting the map together, as well as some of the main areas where new research has enabled significant refinements to be made to the earlier 1970s map.

Robert Jones is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He was the City Archaeologist for Bristol City Council from 1992 until his retirement in 2016. Prior to this he was a Senior Field Officer with Bristol Museum Field Archaeology Unit.

Members and event notification subscribers will receive an invitation to this Zoom meeting by email. The talk will be at 7.30pm on 3rd March 2021.