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.
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.
Around 1780 two brothers, John and William Herapath,
moved from Devon to Bristol where they ran pubs and
breweries. From these two men descended five
generations of scientists and doctors, all born in
Bristol. Some members of the Herapath family were
medical practitioners, whilst others made notable
contributions to physical and analytical chemistry and
to forensic science. Here Brian Vincent tells the
remarkable story of a provincial dynasty comparable
to the Darwins, the Haldanes and the Huxleys.
Brian Vincent, D.Sc., FRSC is an emeritus professor and a senior research fellow in Chemistry at Bristol University. He has published several articles on chemical history and, with Raymond Holland, ALHA booklet No 18 Chemistry in Bristol into the early 20th Century.
Mike Hooper has again organised a programme of walks between May and August.
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The first phase of the expansion of Know Your Place -
The Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England has organised a programme of free seminars which will take place at M Shed on Thursday evenings. Click for full details of speakers and subjects.
Clive Burlton’s exhibition Bristol’s Lost City, curated in conjunction with Bristol record Office and Bristol Reference Library, comes to Bristol Cathedral on 30 March and will be on display until 30 May. It tells the story of Bristol’s transition from peacetime to wartime in 1914 through the eyes of the White City site. Click for details of the exhibition.
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.
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 Tuesday, May 24, 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-