Historical Society

Olveston Parish Historical Society

2014 - 15 PROGRAMME 

Please scroll down to find the programme for the 2014-15 season.

The Society 

The society was formed in 1966 to "promote interest in the history of Olveston and the surrounding areas and to collect and preserve documentary and photographic records". The Society meets at the Methodist Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from October to April with guest speakers on topics as diverse as The Severn Channel during the Ice Age and Concorde. In the summer months we usually have two or three field trips, often following up talks given during the previous winter. Visitors are always welcomed and, more often than not, recruited.

You can use the menu buttons on the left hand side (under Historical Society) to find out more about:

  • the history and historic buildings of Olveston Parish
  • the Society's publications
  • and various local historical organisations.

This photo shows some OPHS members taking part in a historical walk around Aust, guided by Society Archivist, Eric Garrett.

OPHS trip to Aust 

Contact details for Olveston Parish Historical Society

  • Chairman of Society, principal contact and holder of the society's publications:  Les Harper  01454 612304
  • Society Archivist:  Eric Garrett  01454 613019
  • Programme Secretaries:  Jenny & Richard Newley  01454 202011 
  • Membership Secretary & Treasurer: Anne Young  01454 412528  

 

OLVESTON PARISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAMME: Oct 2014 - April 2015

 

Wed. 1 Oct 2014

Following a very short AGM, Pat Denney will tell us about the history of The Merchant Venturers of Bristol from their charter in 1552 to the present day.

Wed. 5 Nov. 2014

Note: This meeting will be held in Olveston School Hall.

Eric Garrett has been hard at work researching a new book about Olveston parish in the First World War. Tonight he'll be giving us an illustrated talk and launching his new book From Olveston to Aleppo which reminds us that this was a world war and that local people were far from home during this conflict.

Wed. 3 Dec. 2014

While strenuous efforts were being made in the early 1900s to achieve justice for women in the political arena, what were the characteristics of ordinary women's working lives? Prof. June Hannam will analyse Women's Work in Bristol in the Early 20th Century.

Wed. 7 Jan. 2015

Dr. Tim Bowly, a retired aerospace engineer, now with a doctorate in history, will tell us about The Tudor Navy from the Mary Rose to the Armada.

Wed. 4 Feb. 2015

When Bristol Zoo was founded in 1836, how did it acquire and sustain its stock of animals? Dr. Andy Flack will tell us, in his talk entitled: Animal Commodities: Bristol Zoo and the Wild Animal Trade in the 19th Century.

Wed. 4 Mar. 2015

In January 2013, Professor Ronald Hutton described to us how local communities all over the country were affected by the English Civil War. We have invited him back to tell us what happened when monarchy was reinstated. Charles II: Monarch in a Masquerade is the title he has chosen.

Wed. 1 Apr. 2015

Dr. Madge Dresser has recently been editing a book on 'Women and the City: Bristol 1400-2000' and for this meeting will share with us her own researches into Women in Bristol in the Long 18th Century, including the kinds of work carried out by women of 'the middling sort'.

 

All events (except that on 5 November 2014, which will be held in the Olveston School Hall) will be held at the Methodist Church, The Street, Olveston BS35 4DR at 7.30pm.  

Existing and new members are very welcome, as are visitors. 

Annual membership and entry to the entire season of talks can be paid at the door. (The annual membership rate is to be decided at the first meeting but is likely to be the same as or not much more than last year's rate of £5 - a bargain!)           

Entry to single talk:  payable at the door. (Again, the single talk entry fee is to be decided at the brief AGM at the first meeting but is likely to be the same as or not much more than last year's rate of £2 per meeting.)

 

 

Following up Paul Barnett's February 2010 talk on the Purton Hulks, OPHS members visited the hulks, with Paul as a guide, in May.  This was one of our two field trips in 2010.

OPHS Visit to Purton Hulks