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What happened to the Bishopston Society web site?!

The Bishopston Society’s website closed on 29/11/23 following the closure of the organisation itself in October 2019. It had been established as an amenity society in 2002 amid concern in Bishopston, Bristol, UK, about local planning applications. It worked as a membership organisation to “secure the character, conservation, development and improvement of local amenities and other features of historic, social, environmental or public interest, and to inform and engage the public in the geography, history, natural history, environment and architecture of our area.”

Its 17 year history featured successful information and advocacy on planning, public meetings, and partnerships with other community organisations, public institutions and politicians. A busy, informative website was coupled with social media and photographic innovations including a unique planning portal. Members enjoyed an informative newsletter series, consultations and mutual support.

The organisation thrived due to solely voluntary effort, with no public subsidy or grant aid, its only money coming from membership fees. Closure eventually became inevitable due to competing pressures on volunteer organisers’ time, resulting in an unsustainable reduction in the capacity of the managing group. Operations were therefore closed in late 2019.

The Society’s assets were however held in reserve for several years, to allow for the possibility of new volunteers coming forward to re-launch something, with or without a new name and/or refocused goals. This remains the case. Dwindling cash meant the legacy web site had to be taken down, but an opportunity to preserve an electronic archive of the Society’s work, as well as a paper-based archive, has been secured.

Facebook, X (Twitter) and Flickr accounts for Bishopston Society still exist online (because they are free) but are inactive. Meanwhile, you may get a *rough sense* of the old web site thanks to the wonderful Wayback Machine archive.

Anyone interested in the Bishopston Society legacy in any way, including possible succession or long-term archiving (electronic and/or digital) should contact legacy@bishopstonsociety.org.uk.

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