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

Free biscuits and hot drinks are provided during a short interval break.


February 14th - The Architecture, Sculpture and Symbolism of a Victorian Garden Cemetery. An illustrated talk, based on Arno’s Vale, which looks at the  buildings and monuments found in a typical Victorian Garden Cemetery and discusses the meanings behind the symbols and epitaphs carved on them. K&T member 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 by Cai Mason, Senior Project Officer for Wessex Archaeology

Since 2018, Wessex Archaeology West have been undertaking extensive excavations in and around Bath Abbey in relation to the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Footprint Project. The archaeological work has uncovered evidence of Mesolithic activity, Roman streets and buildings, and an Anglo-Saxon monastery and associated cemetery that contains example of rare 'charcoal burials'. In the medieval period, a huge cathedral priory was constructed on the site, the remains of which have been found 2m below the floor of the present early 16th-century abbey. Later remains include 18th/19th-century burials, Georgian buildings and a Victorian print works.


April 24th - The History of the Weston RNLI  (Note 4th 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 1893 Bristol Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition  (Note 3rd Friday)

A talk with photos by Mike Hooper


May 19th - Trip to St Fagans

A chance for our members to see what's new at Wales' National Museum


June 12th - The Great Houses of the Gordano Valley

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.