Our Grade II* building has been standing tall, nestled between Charlotte Street and Great George Street, for 194 years. Once the heart and soul of the surrounding Parish, its metamorphosis into the music venue we cherish today, is a story in itself, and one that will figure heavily in our Heritage Interpretation project. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our larger Building a Sound Future capital project, we will be able not only to ensure the future of the building itself, but also share its long history with audiences and visitors.

At the centre of the project is the creation of a permanent Heritage Interpretation Space, situated in two half-vaults of the crypt. In it we will tell the story of the creation of St George’s, way back in the early 1820s; its eminent architect (Sir Robert Smirke); details of its 161-year history as a Parish church, and stories from the surrounding area. We’ll also provide insights into its transformation into one of the country’s very best live music venues, the names, faces and voices who have appeared here; and footage and clips from concerts.

We’ll also create a digital archive, which will be accessible right here. It will feature items of interest from our past, images and personal accounts in the form of an oral history collection.

If you would like to know more about how you can be involved in our Heritage project, perhaps as a volunteer, researcher or oral history assistant; or if you have a story to tell us, or an item you’d like to share for the archive, please get in touch with our Community Learning & Volunteer Coordinator, Doreen Pastor on 0117 929 4929 or email doreen.pastor@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk.

Interpretation space mock-up imagery courtesy of ImageMakers