Our members have suggested a wide variety of projects, but the list is far from complete. Most of these are at an early stage, and some are being pursued by just one person, so if you have an interest in any of them just get in touch. And if you think you don't know enough, don't worry — BCAP is full of enthusiasts more than willing to help.
Community projects run by BCAP members with the full support of the group...
St Anne in the Wood — exploring the sacred environment of the holy well and chapel.
Know Your Place — helping Bristol City Council create a website full of useful information.
World War 2 defences — a study of the surviving and demolished defences of Brislington.
Great Western Railway — investigating this line tentatively listed as a World Heritage Site.
Nightingale Valley masonry — investigating the scattered blocks of architectural masonry.
Other projects have been suggested, but currently have nobody to coordinate them. If you're interested in any of them, just contact us to see if you could take over (no previous experience necessary, just enthusiasm to do your best).
Arnos Court Park — exploring the grounds of an 18th century country house.
Sutton Estate — the old Broomwell House estate, scene of BCAP's first excavation.
Fields around Victory Park — exploring these relics from Brislington's rural past.
Arnos Manor Hotel — investigating this remarkable old building.
Creating "distribution maps" of Brislington's artefacts (by date).
Audio-visual contemporary archaeology project.
Monitoring and commenting upon building developments.
Identify the route of the Roman road (or offering evidence to suggest it did not exist).
Dating the "medieval ford" in Nightingale Valley (using dendrochronology).
Identifying Brislington's Manorial boundary.
Collecting archaeological specimens (for comparison/identification of others).
Setting up a permanent exhibition or museum of Brislington finds.
Investigating local potteries (particularly Brislington Pottery).
Investigating local coal mining.
Investigating the damage caused by World War Two.
Photographic survey of St Luke's churchyard monuments (and transcription).
Photographic survey of mason's marks on kerbstones.
Photographic survey (ruins, earthworks, and other features surviving above ground).
The project coordinator is the first point of contact for anyone interested in that particular subject. All BCAP members channel information to her/him. S/he keeps BCAP's committee informed of significant developments, and the committee in turn gives the project all the support it can.
Projects can be date related (e.g. WW2, or Roman period) or site specific (e.g. Broomwell House, or St Anne's Chapel), or anything else (for example discovering details of your family history).
If you would like to coordinate any of the above project ideas, or have another project to suggest, please let us know. Of course, the more people are involved, the more swiftly progress can be made. Imagine what we could achive with the engagement of the whole community...
Every project calls on a wide range of skills - enabling everyone to contribute something. To find out how to participate in any of these projects contact us.
The best way to keep informed of the progress of all our projects is to join BCAP, receive our newsletter updates, and come along to our meetings.
BCAP is happy to help people start their own projects, and offers support with technical and practical advice.