Handel Cossham Conference 2024

Join Avon Local History & Archeology and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archeology Society for a special local history day at Turnberrie’s Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2BB celebrating the life and works of Handel Cossham, a remarkable figure from 1824 to 1890.

Talks will cover Handel Cossham’s origins and family; his career and development of his business in mining; his work on the geology of the south Gloucestershire coalfield; his charitable and philanthropic work, especially regarding local schools connected with Methodist and congregationalist chapels; his campaigning for temperance; his political activities as Bristol and Bath councillor, mayor of Bath and MP for Bristol east; and the history of Cossham Memorial Hospital on the borders of Bristol and Kingswood.


Admission is £15 plus fees, book using this link.

CATERING – Tea and coffee will be served at 11.20am and 3.15pm. The Turnberrie’s Community Centre is close to cafes and shops for food at lunchtime. You can also bring your own lunch if you prefer.

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