10.30am: History of Filton Aircraft Exhibition (Tue-Thur & Sat)
Yate Heritage Centre
17th May - 4th July, 10.30-4.30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Yate Heritage Centre charts the history of aircraft manufacture in Filton covering the workers, aircraft and the impact on the area. Artefacts from Concorde and Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust. Funded by Airbus UK.
Yate Heritage Centre
Yate and District Heritage Centre celebrates Yate’s cultural, historical, social and industrial past.
It does so by staging thought-provoking and varied exhibitions and events, including a regular series of quizzes, historical lectures and other one-off sessions - see the right hand side of this page for more details.
All parts of the community are involved in generating historical information at the Yate Heritage Centre. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
The first full-length history of Yate has just been published. The 120-page paperback tells the story of the town from prehistoric times through the middle ages, to the major developments of the twentieth century which made it the biggest community in South Gloucestershire.
Researched and written over two years by UWE historian Rose Wallis, who worked with volunteers at the Yate Heritage Centre, the book sheds new light on Yate’s history.
Rose said: “Working on the Yate history has been an immensely rewarding experience, both in terms of the archival research and in the opportunity to collaborate with local residents. Their knowledge and support has been invaluable in uncovering the rich and varied past of this community.”
Commenting in the foreword, Dame Janet Trotter, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, says “Yate seems always to have had an enterprising culture, and a willingness to make the most of its resources, be they under the ground, above ground, or more importantly in the population itself.”
The book is published by the Victoria County History, a long-running project to create a high-quality account of every single parish in the country. The Victoria County History series prides itself on being rooted in the primary sources – original documents in national and local archives, many of which have never been systematically examined before.
The research on Yate was made possible with a grant from South Gloucestershire Council, while publication was funded by the Gloucestershire County History Trust. James Hodsdon, Trust Chairman, said “It’s been a massive boost to have the council’s support – we’d never have got going locally otherwise, and now we have the momentum to do lots more. It wasn’t just the Council’s original grant, their consistently positive attitude to heritage matters has helped us secure funds from other donor. It’s made all the difference.”
The Trust is already preparing to start work on similar histories of Chipping Sodbury, Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury, again headed up by Rose Wallis. Welcome support has come from quarry operators Hanson UK, who employ 160 people at their national administration centre in the town and are to hand over a cheque for £1,000 at the launch. Communications manager David Weeks said: “Hanson and its predecessor companies have been an integral part of Chipping Sodbury industry for more than a century and we are delighted to support this project.”
Rose Wallis will be talking to local audiences this autumn, and will be welcoming inquiries from potential volunteer researchers. Please email
The book is priced £12, and will be available at the Heritage Centre and in local bookshops. The cover, pictured, shows an architect’s impression (about 1965) of the Yate Shopping Centre.
Yate Heritage Centre and Brimsham Green School students have collaborated to produce the Yate Heritage Maps.
History students researched and provided the heritage content, and Art students produced the design, with Compass Graphics providing the hardware design.
The Friends of Yate Railway Station have provided support while Yate Town Council have funded 4 of the maps and the Yate Community Plan the fifth.
This has been a rewarding project and will inform the local areas of Yate of their heritage. The maps are divided into North, West, South and General to give local people a clearer idea of their immediate heritage.
World War One booklet
Yate & District Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that the new booklet "The First World War in Yate and Chipping Sodbury" is now on sale at Yate Heritage Centre at £3.95.
It covers each element of life in the Great war in this area and is ideal for both people with a general interest in the subject and those interested in their local history.
You can also order the booklet on line or visit the Centre.
Each booklet will be made available at all the local schools.
The Heritage Centre is grateful for the contributions of the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus Yate, Sodbury and South Gloucestershire Councils.
The Centre contains the two major local history collections and these are available to the public on open days and through appointment.
There are over 3,000 objects in the Centre’s collections acquired since the mid 1990s.
They include: historic 3D objects, maps, photographs and documents, as well as an educational handling collection.
The Centre also houses the Oral History Project Group's collection of photographs, tapes, documents and of course oral history, amounting to 4,000 items.
Yate and District Heritage Centre welcomes volunteers.
If you would like to help with displays or events, or would like to join the Friends Scheme, please contact the Community Heritage Officer, David Hardill.
The address is Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG
You'll find the Heritage Centre between the White Lion Pub and St Mary's Church.
Its location is the site of former stables dating back to the 1840s.
This prestigious building and key location make the Centre accessible to visitors.