Bristol Branch Programme

Bristol Branch Programme 2019-20

We normally meet on a Wednesday evening, though activities such as walks may take place on other days (clearly indicated in the programme below). Lectures will normally start at 7.30pm unless otherwise indicated.

We usually meet at the University of Bristol Humanities/School of Arts Complex (Lecture Theatre 3) on Woodland Road. The entrance is behind 21 Woodland Road. Always check the website for up-to-date rooming information, or email:

Annual branch membership is £15.00 and £5.00 for school students. All lectures are free to National HA members and there is a £3.00 charge on the door for members of the public and a £1.00 charge for school students. Further details are available on our website, Facebook, and Twitter sites:

Please contact Mary Feerick at: with any enquiries.

Wednesday 25 September 2019
'The British Working Class and Transatlantic Slavery'
Speaker: Dr Ryan Hanley, Lecturer in Modern History (University of Exeter)

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 7pm 
Annual General Meeting of the Bristol Branch of the Historical Association – Branch and National Members only
Venue: Priory Road Complex

Wednesday 16 October 2019
'Reckoning with the Past: Stalin and Stalinism in Putin's Russia'
Speaker: Dr James Ryan (University of Swansea)
Venue: Priory Road Complex

Wednesday 13 November 2019
'Mrs Thatcher and the Falklands War'
Speaker: Dr Dominic Sandbrook, journalist and author
Venue: Priory Road Complex

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 6.30pm
Bristol heat of the Great Debate (Competition for Students):
'Should We Judge Historical Figures by the Morals of Today?'

Wednesday 11 December 2019
'Poverty and the Rise and Fall of the Welfare State'
Speaker: Professor Pat Thane (King’s College London)
Venue: Priory Road Complex

Tuesday, January 2020 - Date TBC
Bristol HA Pub Quiz
Venue and Date TBC

Wednesday 22 January 2020
'The Battle of Britain'
Speaker: Patrick Bishop
Venue: Priory Road Complex

Wednesday 12 February 2020
'Elizabeth I and the Rivalries at her Court'
Speaker: Professor Susan Doran (University of Oxford)

Wednesday 18 March 2020
'Bristol's First Slave Traders, 1662-1698' - a local detective story
Speaker: Dr Richard Stone (University of Bristol)
Venue: Bristol University, room TBC

Sunday 22 March 2020, 2pm
Tour of Goldney House Grotto in Clifton
25 places, £6 a head. Advance booking through Rob

Wednesday 29 April 2020 
'The Cold War in Germany: The British Service Families Perspective' 
Speaker: Dr Grace Huxford (University of Bristol)

Wednesday 20 May 2020
'Unbuilt Bristol'
Speaker: Eugene Byrne, Local Historian and Writer
Venue: Bristol University, room TBC

Friday 15–Saturday 16 May 2020
National Historical Association Annual Conference in Bristol

Sunday 10 May 2020
Tour of Acton Court
Dr Rob Bell
25 places, £6 a head. Advance booking through Rob Pritchard: