Welcome to the Richard III Society Gloucester & Bristol Branch. We recently changed our branch name to better reflect our membership demographic. We have a friendly and active membership who enjoy a range of monthly talks, visits and social events.
Branch meetings are normally held at 2.30 on the first Saturday of every month (except January), usually at our regular and easily accessed venue in Cheltenham. All meetings conclude with an informal tea and chat. Branch meetings are open to non-members as well!
Branch meetings are mostly 'live', but occasionally on Zoom and may start at an alternative time. Those meetings with a different mode or start time are clearly noted as such on our Branch Programme page.
Most meetings usually take the form of talks given by visiting nationally/locally known academics but, occasionally, we invite members who wish to contribute “short” papers to speak or we hold informal discussions. Whether you wish to sit back and listen or actively join in, we aim to provide something for everyone, Annual Study Days have been a regular feature and have encompassed a wide range of Late-Medieval topics. Historical visits and "field trips" are also a popular part of our activities. Recent “field visits” have included Ewelme in Oxfordshire, where our guide was Dr Rowena Archer, a visit to Pauntley Court and a conducted walking tour of medieval Ledbury. All such visits strive to maintain a "healthy" balance between historical research and sampling the local edible produce !
Copies of members’ papers can be obtained from our Branch Research Officer who also retains books, essays and other documents available for loan by way of a Branch Library.
We aim to project a lively and energetic approach to our interest in fifteenth century history. Members are free to contribute as much or as little as they wish - collectively, all that is required is an interest in the period. We do hope the prospect of either joining or even sampling [there is no pressure to join] our Branch activities appears attractive and look forward to hearing from you!