What we offer:
In 2009, we started a project to publish compact but authoritative books on aspects of Avon’s history, and 37 titles have now been published. A full list can be found at Publications. Our scope is Avon-wide not just Bristol and we welcome new and potential authors. You can find details of how to apply to Develop a New Booklet here.
Local History Day
Each year we hold a full day conference on a local history topic, with presentations from both amateur and professional historians, and displays by local history societies and institutions. The 2022 Local History Day’s topic was “A roof over your head”, where our speakers be discussed the development and design of local homes and houses over the years.
We produce a monthly Newsletter, covering recent events, current issues, recent publications, ongoing projects and opportunities and forthcoming activities, including the Diary of all the events we know of for the following four months. Most members now receive a notification of the latest Newsletter by e-mail on publication, and an Archive of older issues is available on this website.
Local History Group Starter Pack
A collection of suggestions for those thinking of starting a new local history group. There are some general ideas on what a local history society might do and how to form one; a draft constitution, a note on legal considerations, and a brief booklist.
Each month from May to August there is a guided walk in some part of the region, or a visit to some place of special interest not generally open to the public.
ALHA offers grants to assist members with local history research, publications, events, conservation and other projects which accord with its charitable objectives. The Committee has wide discretion over the kind of work to be assisted and the terms of the assistance. Recent grants include one to support the publication of volumes of the Victoria County History to cover parts of Gloucestershire.
Details of the conditions and how to apply can be had from the Treasurer.
AGM and Annual Lecture
Our Annual General Meeting is accompanied by a lecture by a distinguished local historian from the area.
Catalogue of Presenters
We publish an annual booklet with the names and contact details of some sixty people who are willing to lead walks or give talks. This is distributed to our member groups for their use in identifying some great local speakers for their meetings.