Historical Society

Olveston Parish Historical Society

2015 - 16 PROGRAMME 

Please scroll down to find the programme for the 2015-16 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  





Wed. 7 Oct 2015

Following a very short AGM, Alan Freke will tell us some Hidden Stories of Frenchay Hospital. You will definitely discover some things you did not know!

Wed. 4 Nov. 2015

In this 800th anniversary year, Jane Tozer will give us her account of King John and Magna Carta.

Wed. 2 Dec. 2015

Cyril Routley will describe Life on Board the SS Great Britain, based on Passenger Diaries.

Wed. 6 Jan. 2016

After the execution of Charles I, our country experimented with doing away with the monarchy.  But that did not last.  How did Charles II come to be restored to the throne? And what happened once he was restored?  Prof. Ronald Hutton will give us his analysis in a lively talk entitled Charles II: Monarch in a Masquerade.

Wed. 4 Feb. 2016

Dr. Andy Flack will tell us how Bristol Zoo, which opened in 1836, acquired its stock of animals in the early days.  It was not such an ethical business as it is today!   His talk is Animal Commodities: Bristol Zoo, the Wild Animal Trade and Imperial Networks in the Nineteenth Century.

Wed. 2 Mar. 2016

Local Oldbury historian John Adnams will tell us what local historians have discovered about Alveston and its Royal Norman Deer Park.

Wed. 6 Apr. 2016

Sarah Parker has worked for Historic Royal Palaces, especially at Hampton Court, and her talk will be called Behind the Scenes at the Palace:  Working for the Royal Palaces.


All events 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 (which gives free entry to the entire season of talks): to be confirmed formally at the AGM but likely to remain a bargain at just £5, payable at the door at any meeting up to and including the February one.

Entry to single talk:  £2 payable at the door. 



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