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.
We hope the redesign will make the site easier to use and navigate, and will make it easier for us to show more news and add pages as needed. There is a new section for ALHA publications, and better links to our members’ own websites. If you spot any errors of omissions, please advise the webmaster.
At our AGM at Marshfield on Tuesday 18 October, we shall be launching two new booklets. The publication price of each is £3.50, but you can order in advance at the special price of £2.95 each or £5.75 for the two. Prices include postage, and an order form will be available shortly.
Full details of the varied programme of events at Winterbourne Medieval Barn during 2016 can be found at www.winterbournebarn.org.uk. Events include basket-
Held on Saturday 16 July from 2 to 5, this event runs alongside the village Flower Show, with a vintage bus running between the two sites. Admission free. Further information available soon.
Banwell Society of Archaeology are organising a coach trip to this exhibition on Thursday 18 August. The coach will pick up in Banwell, Locking and Weston super Mare. Details can be found at www.banwellarchaeology.co.uk, or e-
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.
Each year, our AGM is accompanied by the Joseph Bettey Lecture. The 2015 AGM and Joseph Bettey Lecture was hosted by Abbots Leigh Civic Society and the lecture was given by Professor Murray Stewart. The 2016 AGM and lecture will be hosted by Marshfield and District Local History Society and will take place on Tuesday 18 October. The guest speaker will be Alex Craven.
This website was last updated on Friday, June 17, 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-
Barton Hill, Bromley Heath, Downend, Eastville, Easton, Fishponds, Greenbank, Hillfields, Kingswood, Mangotsfield, Redfield, St George, Speedwell, Soundwell, Stapleton and Whitehall: all today thriving districts of Bristol. But all that area east of old Bristol Castle was countryside in the sixteenth century.
Here Kathleen Hapgood (author of ALHA No.7 The Friends to Literature: the Bristol Library Society 1772-
The Guild of Kalendars was Bristol’s most ancient religious guild, existing for at least four hundred years from the twelfth century until the Reformation. It gathered together the clergy and leading citizens for monthly celebrations of the dead in the church of All Saints. From 1464 it operated Bristol’s first public library. This study examines its history and functions, and legends.
Nicholas Orme is emeritus professor of history, Exeter University, and (among many other works) co-
Our latest title is The Herapaths of Bristol: a medical and scientific dynasty by Professor Brian Vincent.
Click for full details of this and other ALHA titles.
Mike Hooper has again organised a programme of walks
between May and August.
Monday 4 July -
& members of Pensford LHS
Saturday morning 6 August -
with Paul Barnett.
Full details are in the Summer Walks Programme.
The first phase of the expansion of Know Your Place -
happened and maps of the South Gloucestershire Council area are
available online. There is a new website at www.kypwest.org.uk, and
it is planned to expand this fantastic resource further to include the
whole of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, over the coming