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. 


Monday 14 October 2019 AGM

Mr Walford Vesalius; the angry father of human anatomy

Prof. Francis Duck: Bath War Hospital (1916-1919) 


Monday 9 December 2019

Dr Trevor Thomas  – El Greco through Medical Eyes [single talk]

Monday 9 March 2020

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

Dr Chris Ackroyd: The History of the Victoria Cross:- Harold Ackroyd and other VC heroes

Monday 18 May 2020

Guest presenter: Mary Wright: Elizabeth Blackwell

Monday 12 October 2020 33rdAGM

Prof Peter Dunn: John Dunn and the Zulu War of1879

?Dr Monika Blackwell – doctor in prewar Poland.


Monday 7th December 2020 ???? a week early

?Cherry Lewis – James Parkinson [single lecture]

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 


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