Meetings


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.

Forthcoming meetings:

DECEMBER will see the usual Society Christmas lunch (members only).

January 2018 – No meeting

Thursday 22nd February – 2.00pm
'Brislington Industries' A short talk by Jonathan Rowe illustrated by photographs from our archive, including Robertson's Jam Factory, Brislington Trading Estate and the many Co-op establishments. However, this is mainly an opportunity for you to share your memories of working in 'Briz'.

Thursday 29th March – 7.30pm
'Brislington Collieries and the Engine House' A talk by David Hardwicke from South Gloucestershire Mines Research about the largely forgotten local coalmines. He will include an update on the research being conducted into our own Engine House in Hollywood Road which contained a Newcomen engine. This building is a rare example of an intact building which could have significant historical importance.

Thursday 26th April – 7.30pm
'A Slice of 60's Brizz' A selection of slides of Brislington in the 1960's (mainly 1966) taken by Brislington teenager, Roy Smith, which were not developed until being “re discovered” in 2011. A fascinating glimpse of Brislington it was over 50 years ago with some photos of places of which the Society previously had no record.

Thursday 31st May – 7.30pm
'Building Buses in Brislington' An illustrated talk by Martin Curtis, an acknowledged expert, about Brislington Motor Constructional Works (which became Bristol Commercial Vehicles), the factory on Bath Road which built vehicles, including the infamous 'Lodekka' 'bus. The site, which also was used in WWII for aircraft construction, was one of Brislington's major industries for over 70 years.





Other events

The December event (members only) is usually a Christmas meal held in a local restaurant.

Summer trip to be organised. Watch this space!

The Society also holds exhibitions of memorabilia and items of Brislington History. These include photographs and information eg History of Sandy Park shops. The Brislington Archaeology Project, who are linked to the Society, have provided artifacts and information about the local archaeology. We would welcome any information, photographs etc you may have about Brislington to add to our knowledge and to record for future generations.