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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 3-4 compact but authoritative books on aspects of Avon local history, and each summer we organise a series of walks.

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.

Welcome to the new ALHA website

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.

The Herapaths of Bristol - New ALHA Publication

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.

Summer Walks Programme 2016

Mike Hooper has again organised a programme of walks between May and August.

Saturday afternoon 4 June - Troopers Hill, St George with Rob Acton-Campbell

Monday 4 July - Pensford and Publow with Robert Bailey & members of Pensford LHS

Saturday morning 6 August - Purton, near Sharpness, with Paul Barnett

Full details are in the Summer Walks Programme .

Know Your Place - West of England

The first phase of the expansion of Know Your Place - Bristol has now 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 months.

UWE Regional History Centre Seminars

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.

Bristol’s Lost City

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.

Frenchay Village Museum Annual Vintage Vehicle Day

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.

Bristol on the Western Front - 7 to 10 October 2016

A 3-day coach tour to France and Belgium with guides Jeremy Banning and Clive Burlton. Further details on the flyer.

What’s On at Bristol Museums & Archives

Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, walks and other activities taking place in Bristol in future weeks and months.

Heritage events in Bath

Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, and talks taking place in Bath.

ALHA Annual General Meeting and Joseph Bettey Lecture

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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