Coach Trip to the National Archives at Kew

On Thursday 12th October 2017 there will be a further visit to the National Archives at Kew.

The price of tickets is £25 per person. 

Pick-up at Chipping Sodbury Car park 7.10am, BAWA, Club, Southmead Road at 7.30 a.m. and 'motorway' pick-up by arrangement.

You will need a Reader's Ticket to access the archival materials area at Kew. To obtain this please bring proof of identity (passport or driving licence) and proof of address (recent utility bill or driving licence).

The National Archives now has on-line readers ticket application. Completing the process before visiting Kew will save you valuable time when you arrive there.

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Seats must be reserved by writing to Patricia Holmes, 78 Oakdale Close, Downend, BS16 6EB or by phoning 0117 9561881.

Society Vacancies

Society Vacancies


Would you like to get more involved with BAFHS? - ask about volunteering for one of the roles shown below.  Please speak to Linda Serle or email:

Journal Editor

This job is definitely more ‘creative’ than ‘technical’; the Editor has one of the most interesting jobs for BAFHS, gathering and choosing articles, letters and pictures from authors for our quarterly journals and then getting them ready to send to the printer by checking spellings, grammar and general layout.  You also attend monthly committee meetings so that you can make sure members are kept informed about what is going on.    



This is the person who receives and sends communications for the society.  These days most of it is done by email but there is still the occasional letter.  The Secretary also has the important job of taking monthly committee meeting minutes so you need to be a good listener (and maybe have the ability to reduce a sermon into a sentence!).


Committee Member

Members attend monthly committee meetings offering comments advice and support.  It can be fun!  Some people are eager to express their ideas and views but equally welcome are those who quietly listen and then play a key role in helping to come to decisions.


BAFHS Family History Fair - September 2017

Bristol & Avon Famly History Society will be holding its next Family History Fair on Saturday 9th September 2017

at  BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG

Open 10.00 - 1600

Free parking

We will be inviting Family History Societies, Local History Societies and Museums as well as the Record Offices/ Archives and commercial exhibitors.  

There will be a series of talks including one "a beginners guide to your family history". Other titles and speakers to be agreed .

There will be refreshments available on site to purchase.

Full programme details will be added here


Exhibitor enquiries welcome: