A network of local heritage groups

Who We Are

ALHA (Avon Local History & Archaeology) is an umbrella group, aiming to encourage and coordinate activities of the various local history, archaeological and heritage groups that lie within the Avon area. Our area is the former County of Avon, now the council areas of Bath & North-East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in the West of England.

There are some eighty societies in ALHA, with a collective membership of about 10,000. Some are region-wide but with special interests like the Bristol & Avon Family History Society; while many are parish- or district-based. They are listed on our Groups page. We also have links with local institutions, such as Record Offices, Libraries, Museums and Universities.

We are managed by an elected Executive Committee meeting once a quarter, and operate through a small number of voluntary officers.  Membership of ALHA is open to both groups or other institutions, and to individuals. Group members receive a free copy of the Speakers List and all members receive a copy of the Newsletter. Subscriptions are low, and details can be found here: ALHA Membership

We have a comprehensive listing of our local groups for you to explore all in one place, whether your interest is Archaeological,  Local History,  Family History,  Museums,  Conservation,  Education & Activities or more Specialised Interests

Browse through photos, memories, stories and historical information connecting people and places.

We’re always interested in new recruits, so if you’re interested please contact us.


Various people have contributed to the design of this new ALHA website, but we would particularly like to acknowledge the work previously done by Tina Lane, especially her skill in design, layout and illustration.
We are also very grateful for the support and technical help given by Jack Latimer and Ian Grant at Community Sites.


Contributing to the site

You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form.

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