The Bristol Medico Historical Society

The lectures presented at the society meetings are now being published in the West of England Medical Journal. See the latest edition! 
The Bristol Medico-Historical Society meets generally on the second Monday in March, May, October and December. It meets at the Create Centre in Cumberland Basin.  It is open to anyone interested in Medical History.
A two course dinner is available for those who have booked at 7.00 for 7.15.  The talks normally start at 8.15.  
We welcome all interested public and potential new members - anyone who wishes to come must email the secretary at or Med Chi Admin. 

OUR Proceedings for 2016 - 2020 have just been published. 

contact for more details.

Next meetings

Monday 11 October 2021 – hoped to be Face-2-Face at Create Centre

Provisionally Guest presenter: Mary Wright: Elizabeth Blackwell


Monday 13 December 2021

Dr Michael Whitfield: John Horwood, his execution for murder and Richard Smith
Dr Peter Carpenter: James Pownall: Asylum Proprietor and Insane Murderer


Last meetings

Monday 10 May 2021 - Webinar 

Dr Michael Till: Dr Walter Hadwen - Antivaccinationist
Dr Monika Blackwell: The Polish NHS 1920's - 1930's - A GPs Perspective

[please note Dr Till's book is available via Amazon; Dr Blackwells book can be pre-ordered via Clinical Press]



Monday 8th March 2021

Dr Stefan Cembrowicz:  Charlatan- or what do Goat glands, short wave radio, soap operas and Hitler have in common?

Dr Peter Carpenter: Dr Charles Langworthy of Bath and his curing Metallic Tractors.


Please note other meetings

Members of The Bristol Med Hist Society are automatically members of the British Society for the History of Medicine -  see  for details of meetings 

The BSHM symposium will be occuring in Sheffield this year - see  for details 

Obituaries of past Members


Past Talks since 2003

13 May 2019
A list of the talks given since December 2003

Welcome to the

Bristol Medico Historical Society.

This organisation, set up in 1986 by Prof John Clamp and Mr Michael Wilson, is dedicated to the research and discussion of all aspects of medical history. The society has a particular interest with history related to Bristol and the West of England.

It is holding its meetings at the Create Centre

Hon Secretary: Dr Peter Carpenter

Please contact through Med Chi Admin