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Avon Local History & Archaeology

Lists groups and events across the Avon region.


Barn Force

Lots of good reasons for volunteering at Winterbourne Medieval Barn:

  • Help rejuvenate a grade 2* listed landscape
  • Socialise and meet new people
  • Put your skills to good use
  • Learn new skills
  • Increase your confidence
  • Give valuable help to your community
  • Work starts 10am and aims to finish 1pm
  • Enjoy the historical rural setting
Please see our website below.


Frampton Cotterell & District Local History Society

The Society meetings are held in Zion Church Hall, Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, entrance £3 including light refreshment. For more information, please contact Mr Trevor Thompson by email below.


Friends of Ram Hill Colliery

Ram Hill Colliery is an open site owned by South Gloucestershire Council, managed by the Friends in conjunction with the Council and English Heritage.
Mining took place roughly between 1830-1860 with clear evidence of the horse gin, engine house and connection to the Dramway.
The Friends work on the site between April and October usually on Wednesdays, and are happy to give visitors a guided tour. We have regular open days, including the Heritage Open Day in October.
Volunteers are welcome to help manage the site - please contact David Godden by email below for further details.

Broad Lane, Ram Hill BS36 2TY

Sodbury Vale Family History Group

Are you interested in Family History and want to find out information about your ancestors but don’t know where to start? Sodbury Vale Family History Group is a branch of the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. Meetings take place at Shireway Community Centre on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Lynne English:

Tel: 0117 937 3130

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group

SGMRG was set up by local people to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations.
SGMRG is a voluntary organisation that relies on grants and donations from local people. Our membership is made up of archaeologists, surveyors, historians, engineers, cavers and those simply interested in finding more about what lies under their feet.
We have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and resotoration work. If you would like more information contact the Chairman Roger Gosling:

Tel: 01454 883607

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

In the community, part of the community, at the heart of the community.
How many medieval barns are there in the greater Bristol area, which are open to the public? There's only one we know of, and it is in Winterbourne. The barn is open every third Saturday of the month between 10am-1pm. So why not come and visit the barn? We will not charge you, it is free. But above all you will be made very welcome.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE


Yate and District Archaeology Group

We meet once a month - dates vary. All ages and abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary - be part of your very own Time Team. If you are interested in joining please contact Jenni Craft on 01454 314147 or by email below to find out the date of the next meeting.


Yate and District Heritage Centre

The Centre aims to reflect the rich diversity of the Yate area’s cultural, historical, social and industrial past. This is achieved through a range of thought provoking and varied exhibitions, and a range of evening and day events including a regular series of quizzes, historical lectures and other one-off events.
Free admission - everyone welcome. Open Tuesday - Thursday and Saturdays, 10.30am-4.30pm

Click here for more information on the Heritage Centre.

Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG
Tel: 01454 862200


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