What we do :
The Society holds regular meetings in local venues (see Events), holds exhibitions, and assists with enquiries
about Brislington and family connections. Members receive a regular newsletter. Talks on Brislington and its history are given to interested groups,
illustrated with photographs from our extensive collection and we are also happy to support other bodies with associated
interests (see Contacts). We would welcome any information, photographs etc you may have about Brislington to add to our
knowledge and to record for future generations.
The Society meets on the last Thursday of the month, at St Cuthbert’s Church Crypt, Sandy Park Road, Brislington, commencing at 7.30pm. During winter months (November to February) meetings are held in the afternoon (2.00pm). Meetings comprise a talk, which may be illustrated, by a Society member or invited speakers, on issues of general or local interest. Occasional Local History meetings, dedicated specifically to Brislington History, are also held at Wick Road Library. These are intended to be more informal events, where members are invited to join in and contribute their memories.
Annual Membership Subscriptions £5 plus £1.50 entry per event
Visitors £2 entry. Refreshments available
Thursday 28th April
"A Fair Cop" Talk by Mike Rowland on his life in the police force.
Thursday 26th May
"Frankenstein's Auntie – A Native Of Brislington" Talk by Jonathan Rowe with readings telling the story of Claire Clairmont ( 1798 – 1879), step sister of Mary Shelley, (author of classic horror novel Frankenstein) mistress of Lord Byron , and mother of his illegitimate daughter. Recent research by an Australian descendant has revealed that Claire Clairmont was born in Brislington!
Thursday 30th June
Annual General Meeting, followed by refreshments and a talk by Julian Thomas of the Friends of Brislington Brook.
Thursday 28th July
Trip to Dr Jenner's House and Museum. The Chantry at Berkeley, Gloucestershire was the home of Dr Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823) from 1785 until his death. Dr Jenner was the pioneer of smallpox vaccination and the father of the science of immunology. The minibus will leave Wick Road Library at 11.a.m. and Miss Millie's in Brislington Village at 11.10. The cost is £12 which includes entrance to the house, a buffet on arrival (approx 12.30) and the minibus. Please note places are limited. To book please contact Kath Hutton (1007 9723066)
Thursday 25th August, 7.30 p.m. Bristol's Lost City - the Story of the White City with Bristol historian and author Clive Burlton. The story of the 1914 Bristol International Exhibition and the rôle it played in the First World War. Parts of the building were later used for the original St Luke's Church Hall in Water Lane, which opened in 1920.