ALHA is the umbrella group for local history and archaeology societies in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
We help member societies by compiling an annual list of recommended speakers, and by publicising societies’ activities through our newsletter and website. We organise a local history study day each year, and our AGM is accompanied by a lecture with a distinguished speaker.
Each year we publish 3-
We have strong links with the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England, and with the libraries, archives, museums and other organisations in our area.
We offer both Society and individual membership, and further details can be found here..
Click on About Us for how to contact ALHA
Click on Publications for information about our publishing programme, and how you can contribute to the written history of our area.
Click on Events for details of the meetings, walks and other activities organised by our member societies.
Click on Groups for links to our member societies, and details of what they do and how you can contact them.
Click on Archive for back copies of ALHA publications “Quest” and “Avon Past”.
ALHA’s local history day 2017 will be held at UWE Frenchay on
Saturday 22 April.
Streets are so much an everyday feature of ordinary life, that we tend to take them for granted. Streets go back a long way. They differ in their origins, in how they have changed over the years, in how we and our predecessors have used them, what part they have played in people’s lives, how they have looked (to artists as well as users) and how the look of them has changed. Streets have had their ups and downs, not just physically but also in how people have regarded them socially. Our speakers, from different parts of our area, will look at various aspects of streets at different dates and over different periods of time, and will outline their changes, visually, environmentally and socially. Presenters include Pat Hase on Weston-
This will be the third ALHA Local History Day held at the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England. Talks and displays will be in the B block lecture theatre; refreshments in the café in S block (the New Redland building). Ample free parking.
At our AGM at Marshfield on Tuesday 18 October, we launched two new booklets.
The Kalendars: Bristol’s oldest Guild and earliest public library, by Nicholas Orme
Change and continuity east of Tudor Bristol, by Kathleen Hapgood
The publication price of each is £3.50, including postage. Go to Publications for more details and an order form.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening about women travellers including Elizabeth Fox Tuckett, Ellen Tanner and Adela Breton. Further details can be found here.
This tour is for four nights from 14 to 18 August. Cost in the region of £500. Further details are available here.
Seminars are free and take place at M Shed on Thursdays at 6 p.m. The programme for 2017 is available here.
Doreen Lindegaard will be speaking about her recent book “Killed in a Coalpit” after the AGM of the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group at the Miners Institute, Coalpit Heath on Wednesday 1 March. Click for details.
Part of the Bristol Film Festival, this talk, using film from Bristol Archives, promises to be an insightful look at the use of film to document the rich life and culture of cities in the last century – and raises interesting questions about the role moving image plays in the future of local histories. RWA, Saturday 11 March. Click to book.
Until Saturday 11 March, Yate Heritage Centre is hosting The History of Parnall Yate -
Held at Churchdown Community Centre on Saturday 18th March, the day is titled Gardens for Food, Fun and Flowers. More details on the GLHA website.
The next phase of the expansion of Know Your Place -
This fantastic resource will be expanded further over the coming months to cover the whole of Somerset, including North Somerset.
Places are still available for:
The architecture of Death: Constructing and using the Neolithic burial – ritual sites in England and Wales
Saturday 11 March, 10.30 to 4
To book, click on the title of the day school, or phone the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Shop between 10.30 and 4.30 on 0117 9223650.
This is the new name for Bristol Record Office, and it now has a new logo. Click the logo for the Bristol Archives website.
City Hall: home of democracy in Bristol is the current exhibition, which will be on display until 26 May.
Bristol & Avon Family History Society are organising a coach trip to this event on Saturday 8 April 2017. Price, including entry and transport, is £30, and details are available here.
Full details of the varied programme of events at Winterbourne Medieval Barn during 2017 can be found at www.winterbournebarn.org.uk. Events include apple-
Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, walks and other activities taking place in Bristol in future weeks and months.
Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, and talks taking place in Bath.
Crossing the river at Pensford. The ALHA Summer Walk, July 4 2016
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The photo of Chipping Sodbury market was found on the Facebook page entitled Chipping Sodbury Photographs. The photo of Stanton Drew Stone Circle is by Michael Day and is taken from flickr. The photo of the Netham Lock in Bristol was taken by the webmaster. Click on each photo to see a full-
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