Bristol Branch Programme

Branch programme

By HA Bristol Branch

Bristol Branch Programme 2018-2019

We normally meet in the Coutts Lecture Hall on 3rd Floor of the Wills Memorial Building at Bristol University at the top of Park Street 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.

Annual branch membership is £15, 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:

7.00 - 7.30 p.m. AGM for members only

730 p.m. Lecture:

Cast Bronze Reputations in Bristol, and should Coulston fall?

Speaker: Dr Dave Martin

Saturday, 20th October 2018; 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Meet at Wills Building for a Talk and 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: Start at Wills Building, time to be confirmed

Bristol Slave Trade Walk

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

This walk will be poular so to reserve a place contact

Wednesday, 14th November 2018: 7.30 p.m. in Wills Building

Henry VIII

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

During November/December (date and time to be confirmed) we will also be hosting the Bristol Heat of the Great Debate, a public speaking competition for history students in the South West.  The topic will be 'Revolutions in the 18th and 19th Century'

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 7.30 p.m. in the Wills Building

The Curious Case of Fanny Furst

Talk and Film Performance/Oral History by Dr Nicola Grant

Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 7.30 p.m. in the Wills Building

Britain in the 1970s

Speaker: Dr James Freeman, Bristol University

Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 7.30 p.m. in the Wills Building

A Carthaginian Peace? Revisiting the Treaty of Versailles

Speaker: Professor David Stevenson, LSE

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 7.30 p.m in the Wills Building

Slavery and its Legacies in the United States

Speaker: Dr Andrea Livesey, Bristol University

Wednesday, 18th April 2019: 7.30 p.m. in the Wills Building

Witchcraft: Between Medieval and Early Modern

Speaker: Professor Miri Rubin, QMUL

Wednesday, 22nd May, 7.30 p.m. in the Wills Building

'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.