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 figured heavily in our Heritage Interpretation project. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our larger Building a Sound Future capital project, we are now delighted to be able to 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 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. There are also 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 are also working on creating a digital archive, which will feature items of interest from our past, images and personal accounts in the form of an oral history collection.

We are also now launching ‘Fragments of St George’s’ – a creative exploration of memories through making. Participation is FREE.

For further details of our Heritage project work, please contact Laura Phillimore on 0117 929 4929 ext 204 or email laura.phillimore@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk.

Interpretation space mock-up imagery courtesy of ImageMakers

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