Bristol Branch Programme

Branch programme

By HA Bristol Branch

Bristol Branch Programme 2018-2019

Please note there have been changes in location since this programme first appeared. 

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. but please note the meeting on 14th November starts at 7.15 p.m.

Annual branch membership is £15 and £5 for school students.  All lectures are free to National HA members and there is a £3 charge on the door for members of the public and a £1 charge for school students.  Further details are available on our website, Facebook and Twitter sites:

Please contact Mary Feerick at with any enquiries.


Wednesday, 17th October 2018: Bristol University, Lecture Theatre 3, The Arts Complex Woodland Road - entrance at rear of No. 21

7.00 - 7.30 p.m. AGM for members only

7.30 p.m. Lecture:

Cast Bronze Reputations in Bristol, and should Colston fall?

Speaker: Dr Dave Martin


Saturday, 27th October 2018; 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.  Please note change of date!

Meet at Bristol University, Lecture Room 8, The Arts Complex, Woodland Road - entrance at rear of No. 21, for a one hour talk followed by a walk.

Bristol Blitz Talk and Walk

Speaker/Walk leader: Rob Pritchard

This is a repeat, due to its success and a waiting list, of our very popular event held in May 2018.  To reserve a place please contact


Saturday, 10th November 2018: 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m,, start at Wills Building entrance

Bristol Slave Trade Walk

Led by Dr Madge Dresser, Associate Professor UWE (retired).  

This walk is very popular and is now full, so if you want to go on a waiting list for places, please oontact


Wednesday, 14th November 2018: Bristol University, Priory Road Social Sciences Complex (Please note this now starts at 7.15 p.m.)

Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him

Speaker: Dr Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces


Wednesday, 28th November 2018, start time 6.30 p.m., Woodland Road Arts Building Lecture Room 8, Bristol University

Bristol Heat of the Great Debate
: 'What was the greatest failure of the Age of Revolutions? - a public speaking competition for history students in the South West. 

Contestants, their supporters, teachers and the judges only.


Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 7.30 p.m., Woodland Road Arts Building Lecture Room 3, Bristol University

The Adventures and Misadventures of Fanny Furst
: Capacity in an heiress with learning difficulties

Talk and Film Performance/Oral History/Openstorytellers with Dr Nicola Grant


Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 7.30 p.m. Woodland Road Arts Building Lecture Theatre 3, Bristol University

Britain in the 1970s

Speaker: Dr James Freeman, Bristol University


Tuesday, 29th January, 7.30 p.m., Golden Guinea Pub, Redcliffe, Bristol

HA Pub quiz - fundraising and fun for history enthusiasts - chaired by Richard Kennett and Sally Thorne


Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 7.30 p.m., Priory Road Social Sciences Complex, Bristol University

A Carthaginian Peace? Revisiting the Treaty of Versailles

Speaker: Professor David Stevenson, LSE


Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 7.30 p.m, Woodland Road Arts Building Lecture Room 8, Bristol University

“Remembering Slavery in the ‘Slaving Capital of the World’: Liverpool and the Legacy of the Past”

Speaker: Dr Jessica Moody Bristol University 


Wednesday, 24th April 2019: 7.30 p.m. , Woodland Road Arts Building Lecture Room 3, Bristol University

Witchcraft: Between Medieval and Early Modern

Speaker: Professor Miri Rubin, QMUL


Wednesday, 22nd May, 7.30 p.m., Woodland Road Arts Building Lecture Room 8, Bristol University

'Today's young feminists know better than that': Archives, Activism and the making of women's history; Women as history makers and historical actors

Speaker: Professor Kate Dossett, Leeds University

Other lectures and walks are still being planned and will be added to this programme when confirmed.