Knowle and Totterdown Local History Society

The Knowle and Totterdown History Society was formed in April 1986 following a WEA evening course tutored by Anton Bantock at South East Bristol Adult Education Centre. Originally held in a member’s home the meetings grew to be so successful and popular that larger premises were found at Redcatch Community Centre.


We meet every second Friday of the month when the weather is clement. January is too cold and dark so we stay at home. August is sunny and hot and we're all off enjoying ourselves doing other things before our winter season starts in September.


We are always pleased to welcome visitors, whether as speakers or far more often, as listeners. Our friendly group holds a wealth of local knowledge just waiting for the chance to show itself. We take pains to encourage audience participation although we do provide visiting speakers with a microphone and amplifier to give them a fighting chance.


We are affiliated to Avon Local History & Archaeology (ALHA) which gives us access to great speakers, summer walks, free lectures and reduced prices for their Local History Day events.


Have you heard of Brock's Bridge ? In March 2016 we named one of Bristol's bridges by entering a local competition - open to all and judged by a panel comprising some of Bristol's most interested arties: the Mayor, Bristol Post, UWE amongst others.... Here's a link to Bristol Post's announcement of the result and our success:



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