About us

Welcome to the third season of the revived Bristol Historical Association. The National Historical Association is an independent charity incorporated by Royal Charter which been supporting the study and enjoyment of history since 1906.

With over 6000 members the HA is the major national organisation representing the case for historical education to policy makers and ministers.

We advise on curriculum issues and campaign for access to specialist historical knowledge and collections.

Bristol is a very historic and lively city which was a pioneer in the HA but has been without a branch since 2006.

The HA Conference in Bristol in 2016 was a real success. This inspired Mary Feerick and Rob Pritchard Bristol University graduates of the 1970’s to restart the HA in Bristol for 2017-18 when they began their retirement from teaching History in Bristol.

Mary and Rob have already had terrific support from both local universities UBU and UWE in relaunching the HA

Bristol University‘s History department headed by Professor Simon Potter has offered accommodation in the History Department on Woodland Road. Professor Ronald Hutton the University Dean of Arts has agreed to be Honorary Patron of the Branch Committee.

A survey of local teachers showed many who wanted to attend and bring along their students

Richard Kennett Head of Humanities at Redland Green School is the Bristol HA’s Schools Liaison Officer

They have also had the support of HA President Professor Tony Badger who was one of their speakers in 2018 and who remembers the Bristol Branch from when he was at school in Bristol in the 1960’s.

This branch of  the HA  are already getting support from many people in Bristol who are outside the education world who are excited at the idea of talks, events and walks that connect with the History of their city and give them a chance to learn more about History in general.