Hillfields Events

Thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Bristol City Council and Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme, these are all free events.

Starting in 2020

Every Thursday from January 16th

Help to shape a piece of street theatre to be performed live in the heart of Hillfields. Sessions on Thursday afternoons at Hillfields Community Hub off Thicket Avenue (1-3pm)

Every Wednesday from February 26th

Participate in writing workshops to co-produce a legacy booklet conveying the history of Hillfields on Wednesday afternoons (12-2pm) at Hillfields Library


Create a community tapestry map of Hillfields with Bristol artist, Carmen Garaghon on Wednesday afternoons (3-5pm) at Hillfields Library

Saturday 6th June

The final celebration in and around Hillfields Community Hub

What have we been doing?

Saturday 14th September, Open Doors sharing memories event, Hillfields Library

Community tour guides took visitors on a walk around some of the sights of the neighbourhood, recounting stories of the area.

In Hillfields Library, Travelling Kitchen were on hand to provide refreshments, while people shared memories and participated in workshops with project artist Carmen Garaghan.

Community led guided walk on Maple Avenue
Sharing memories in Hillfields Library
Wednesday 11th September, Bristol Museum Summer Walk: 100 Years of Council Housing

Pete Insole provided a guided tour of the neighbourhood and talk about the legacy of Addison’s Act and its impact on the city as a whole.

Tuesday 9th July, first session to become a Hillfields Tour Guide for Bristol Open Doors Festival in September
Get involved with Bristol Open Doors
Wednesday 12th June, Pinhole camera workshop, Hillfields Community Hub

Participants at this activity will work with Justin Quinnell to create their own pinhole cameras to capture images of Hillfields for a photographic exhibition.

Tuesday 21st May, Community research

An inter-generational trip to Bristol Archives to undertake further research. Visitors to the archives will be able to view original house and estate plans and learn more about their own house histories.

A free mini bus has been provided for travel to and from the Archives, but booking for this event is essential.

Wednesday 15th May, Hillfields Library

Following on from the initial launch event, Local Learning will be at Hillfields Library in the afternoon of the 15th May to collect further Hillfields stories.

Saturday 6th April, 11am to 5pm,  Hillfields Library

Hillfields Library warmly welcomed over 200 people to the Hillfields Homes for Heroes launch event on the 6th April.

Visitors on the day were able to journey back to 1920 to view the Demonstation Area under construction, sample inter-war delicacies courtesy of Travelling Kitchen and learn more about Girl Guiding. People were also invited to participate in future activities over the next 18 months of the project.

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