Knowle and Totterdown Local History Society

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2019-20 Season

Meetings are held at Redcatch Community Centre on Redcatch Road (BS4 2EP) unless otherwise stated. A loop system is used for the benefit of those with hearing aids.


Members pay £1.50 entry fee, visitors pay £3

Membership runs from September to August at £7

July 14th - A Stroll around Knowle

A Sunday afternoon guided walk around some of our local streets in Knowle. Meeting at the corner of Broad Walk and Wells Rd outside the shopping centre at 1:45 for a 2pm start.


August - No meeting


September 13th - Harry Dolman: the man with 100 patents.

Local historian, Clive Burlton, visits to tell us of the life and times of one of Bristol's most memorable businessmen.


October 11th - AGM followed by Mike and Peter with "more from our archives"

We never know what photographs they'll dig out but we look forward to an entertaining evening pulled together from our collection.


November 8th - Know Your Place

Award-winning Peter Insole returns to tell us all about the developments and changes of Bristol's award-winning website.


December 13th - Christmas Toy Memories

Dave Cheesely returns with stories of toys from our past. His talk will be followed by our annual Xmas buffet.



January - no meeting


February 14th - The Architecture, Sculpture and Symbolism of a Victorian Garden Cemetery. Our very own Alan Bambury has kindly agreed to give us another talk focusing on the beauty of our local cemetery at Arnos Vale.


March 13th - Bath Abbey Footprint Project

An update on the work being done to restore and rennovate Bath Abbey to ensure this fabulous building lasts for many years to come with Cai Mason, Senior Project Officer for Wessex Archaeology


April 17th - The History of the Weston RNLI  (Note 3rd Friday)

We're delighted to be joined by Glyn Hayes who will talk to us about the history and work of the amazing men and women of Weston's branch of one of the nation's most popular volunteer organisations


May 15th - The Great Houses of the Gordano Valley  (Note 3rd Friday)

Sandy Tebbutt, popular visiting speaker to our group, returns with more tales of the Gordano area. This time concentrating on some of the big houses.


June 12th - The 1893 Bristol Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition

A talk with photos by Mike Hooper