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Bristol Section

Meetings of the Bristol section are held in the Apostle Room in the basement of Clifton Cathedral, Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3BX. Meetings start at 7.45 pm. There is a £1 charge per person per meeting (full-time students free). For more details contact: R H Jones (0117 9830719, roberthjones@blueyonder.co.uk).


Monday 25 September 2017
Alan and Jane Bambury
The Sculpture, Symbolism and Archaeology of the Victorian Garden Cemetery

This well illustrated talk, based on Arno’s Vale, looks at the buildings and monuments found in a typical Victorian Cemetery and discusses the meanings behind the symbols and epitaphs carved on them.

Monday 23 October 2017
Dr Toby Parker
Recent Research at St John the Baptist Church, Bristol

The 14th-century church of St John on the Wall is a familiar landmark, its tower and spire rising over St John’s Gate at the foot of Broad Street; since redundancy in the 1980s, it has been rarely visited and little studied, but recently a group of Churches Conservation Trust volunteers has set about updating its history and interpretation. Although almost no excavation has been possible on the constricted site, study of the church’s structure and furnishings, of parish documents, and of antiquarian records, has already led to exciting new insights into the medieval church and its post-medieval history.

Monday 27 November 2017
John Stevens
Alfred George Stevens, 1817-75: The Life and Times of a West Country Artist

Alfred Stevens, a small town boy from Blandford Forum in Dorset was sent to Italy at the age of 16 - with £60 in his pocket and not a word of Italian on his tongue. His nine years' study of the Italian masters bore fruit in his later work as artist, sculptor and architectural designer, most notably the memorial to the Duke of Wellington in St Paul's Cathedral. What more he might have achieved had he not suffered from an obsessive perfectionism, ill health and philistine bureaucratic interference, will never be known.

Monday 22 January 2018
Michael Whitfield
The Bristol Dispensary

The dispensaries existed for about two hundred years before the start of the National Health Service. Poor patients were able to access medical care from the dispensary doctors only after obtaining a ticket from one of the subscribers to the dispensary. The subscribers elected a committee to run the dispensary and appoint the doctors, who usually provided the care for no remuneration. Bristol had many dispensaries, with the one in Castle Green being the largest. The talk will describe the development of the dispensaries and explain why they totally disappeared in 1948.

Monday 26 February 2018
Evan Jones
The Bristol discovery voyages : an update on the Cabot Project

Monday 30 April 2018
Simon Cox, Cotswold Archaeology
Bristol Fashion - recent archaeological discoveries that shed light on Bristol housing and industry through the ages

Cotswold Archaeology has recently undertaken a number of digs in Redcliffe, Temple, Wapping Wharf and Lockleaze. Collectively these investigations have begun to shed light on Roman housing and industry from Roman to post medieval periods. The talk will present a brief overview and key highlights from each of these excavations.