About us

Welcome to the sixth 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. The Bristol Branch of the Historical Association began in 1907.

With over 10,000 members the HA is the major national organisation representing the case for historical education to policy makers and ministers. Membership of the Bristol branch of the Historical Association was over 100 in 2021-22

Bristol is a very historic and lively city which was a pioneer in the HA but had 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 James Thompson has offered accommodation in the History Department at 7 Woodland Road. Professor Ronald Hutton the University Dean of Arts has agreed to be Honorary Patron of the Branch Committee.

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

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.

Our programme of talks and walks is extremely varied. Some of our events are deliberately aimed at school students. We have tried to include topics that represent all types of history and take into account the latest research and controversies.