Branch and Local News

Branch contacts

Chair                      Andrea Robertson                                                            01242 575049

Secretary               Robert Sutton                                                                   01242 574889

Publicity Officer      Janet Graham           

Branch Committee

Each branch of the Historical Association has a commiittee, elected by branch members and a number of officers also elected. An annual AGM is held to ensure that committee and officers are elected to represent the branch. The 2023 AGM took place on Monday 25 September. Current committee membership is here

We would be delighted to hear from any member who is interested in serving on the committee; please contact the Chair or Secretary.

Membership of the Historical Association

It is possible to join the HIstorical Association at a national or local level. If you wish to consider joining the national organisation full details can be found at To join the branch please complete and return our form

Please use ‘Historical Association Gloucestershire Branch’ on all cheques you make out to the branch from now on (including associate membership renewal).

Branch Programme for 2023-24

Talks in the current programme will be held as a mix of face-to-face and Zoom meetings with some available in both formats.

Full details of the planned talks are available on the Branch Programme page.

Meetings normally begin at 7.30 p.m.

Branch Meeting Venues

As we return to face to face talks we expect to divide our meetings between Cheltenham and Gloucester. The venue for Cheltenham meetings is the Teaching Block, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham, (GPS: enter The Park, Cheltenham). Gloucester meetings are at the Oxstalls Campus of the University of Gloucestershire.

Both venues are easily accessible by car (with plenty of parking), and also by bus 94U from both Cheltenham and Gloucester. Full details of how to get to the venues are on this website

Just a reminder that if you find it physically difficult to walk to our Cheltenham meeting venue (3-4 minutes) from the main car park at the Park campus, please let either the chairman or the secretary know. Although we are unable to guarantee it, it is often possible to make use of a small car park closer to the building in which the meetings are held. 

Christmas Meal

We hope to have a Christmas meal for members this year, the first time since 2019. We will circulate details when they are available.

School Events

In June 2018, the branch organised its first teachers’ event for a number of years.

A member of staff from HA headquarters, MaheemaChanrai, came to talk about how the HA resources for schools can be used, and there were valuable presentations from Christian O’Connell of the University of Gloucestershire and from Cathy Feltham of Dean Close School about the future of the study of history. In addition, a number of organisations including English Heritage, Historic England, Gloucester Civic Trust and the Friends of Pittville set up stands, and were available to discuss how students, teachers and members of the public can work with them.Before planning more events, we are doing further research to establish the best month, day of the week and time, and the most useful topic areas . If you are involved with history education in Gloucestershire, we would very much welcome your thoughts on this. Please contact Andrea Robertson at We would hope to set something up during 2023.

Branch Publicity

We are continuing our successful work on developing new publicity approaches for the branch, including focusing on specific groups of people who might enjoy attending particular meetings.

Ideas from members for additional publicity targets and outlets are always welcome; please contact Janet at

Email Version of our Newsletters

Most of our members are now receiving branch news by e-mail, which keeps our costs down, though we recognise that not all members have computer access. If any member’s situation has changed, and they can now accept material by e-mail, our secretary Robert Sutton would be pleased to hear from them.