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For more than 20 years we have communicated the physical, social and intangible history of our area to the local community through lectures and excursions. Our themes are eclectic and we range widely over southern Gloucestershire and the areas beyond.

Summer excursion

Thursday 27 June 2024

Visit to M Shed, Bristol Docks

A dockside crane at M Shed, Bristol Harbour

Remember Clive Brain’s brilliant talk about the fireboat Pyronaut last November? Now’s your chance to make a visit.

Gill Cox has booked a private tour to include a harbour boat cruise (hopefully aboard Pyronaut with its water cannon), a demo of the dockside crane with a visit to the driver’s cab, and a visit to Concorde’s flight deck. The tour will be on the morning of 27 June, and will cost £16 per person.

Places are limited so initially it’s members only.

To book your place, use our contact form: Link icon with the subject line ‘M Shed Visit’. Gill will respond with the Society’s account and sort code details to make your payment. It should be a fascinating and fun trip.

Last meeting report

Stephen Griffiths’ report of the recent talk given to the Society by Professor Ronald Hutton on Queen Elizabeth I is here: Link icon

This season’s meeting reports

Stephen’s reports for the whole of the 2023-24 season are now online. See the index here: Link icon


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Annual programme

The annual season consists of eight meetings on the second Tuesday of every month from October to May at St Mary’s Church Hall, Eastbury Road, Thornbury. There is also a summer excursion to a place of historical interest.

Meetings begin at 7.30pm and last for about 90 minutes with a break for free refreshments (tea/coffee and biscuits).

Meetings 2024-25 season

All details are as yet provisional.

8 October 2024

Acton Court

Jackie Carpenter

12 November 2024

The Hazel Lane Archaeological Dig

Aaron Girdlestone

10 December 2024

Christmas Ghosts in Gloucestershire

Kirsty Hartiotis

14 January 2025

The Stroudwater Textile Mills

Ian Mackintosh

11 February 2025

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Tony Conder

11 March 2025

Coal Mining in the Bristol Area

Steve Grudgings

8 April 2025

Utilities in Thornbury

Meg Wise

13 May 2025

Andy Meller

Cider Making in Gloucestershire


Membership is £10.00 for the year or you can come as a visitor by paying £2.50 cash at the door for a single meeting. There is no pre-booking for meetings.

The membership year begins on 1 October. There is no reduction for joining part way through the membership year.

You may pay your subscription by cheque, bank transfer, direct debit or in cash at the first meeting of the season.

This site © Thornbury Local History and Archaeology Society 2024. Site design by Michael Quinion. Page last updated 17 May 2024.