February Action!

Today was an important day for the project. We started work on the phone box in the Square and also held our first session at Bristol Archives where we leaned about how to start researching our homes.

We think that the phone box will need three more sessions to complete the preparation for renewing the red paint. We do need a few more volunteers for this part of the project, particularly to help interact with the public, make sure no one trips on our equipment and look after the volunteers doing the sanding.

Here’s some pictures from today’s work, we even got a visit from our MP Darren Jones.

A series of small challenges…

One of the most exciting and visible parts of the Sea Mills 100 project is the renovation of the phone box in Sea Mills Square on the junction of Shirehampton Road with St Edyth’s Road to turn it into our mini-museum in time for the 100th anniversary in June.

After the phone in the kiosk was disconnected by BT the box was officially “adopted” by Sea Mills Community Initiatives in order to put it to community use. It’s already housed our christmas tree and lights and now it’s time to get started on turning it into our museum. This is as the title suggests a “series of small challenges”. Our box currently is without most of its glass, the door doesn’t close properly, a transom bar is missing and it’s slightly the wrong colour. Also we don’t have the power supply we need to light it or to power the audio interpretation we would like to put in our museum.

All phone boxes have some sort of power supply, apparently a few rural ones ran on batteries but most have an unmetered mains supply, ours did but we adopted it as disconnected, without the supply. We have been looking into getting this reconnected, the alternative would be some sort of solar power arrangement. To cut a long story short, after speaking to Western Power this weeks small challenge is to get into the fusebox area of the phone box to see if the wiring is still connected. Challenge one – identify the tool needed to remove the security panel. Challenge two – find and order said tool. I’m sure the there will be further challenges but at the moment we await the removal of the panel!

We will keep you posted but if you can help, please get in touch. We’ll be looking very soon for an electrician to help us with our installation, it could be your quickest “whole building rewire” ever!

Children’s work – library exhibition

In November 2018 we ran “Snack, Chat and Reminisce”, a chance for older residents to get together over a cuppa and some cake and share memories at St Edyth’s Church.

The group were joined by a year 6 class from Sea Mills Primary School who had been learning about the area and about interviewing people. They had lots of questions to ask.


Now the children have written up the stories they were told and they are on display at Sea Mills Library along with some historic photos of the area. Pop along and have a look.

Snack, Chat and Reminisce was made possible with additional funding from Heritage Schools, LinkAge and the support of Local Learning.

Find out about your home – Sat Feb 2nd & Wed Feb 6th

Free workshops
Bristol Archives

B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Rd, Bristol BS1 6XN

Sat 2nd February 1.30pm (FULL)
Wed 6th February 1.30pm (FULL)

(both identical 2 hour workshops)

We have arranged free workshops with Bristol Archives to show us how we can find out about our homes and the people that lived in them when they were new. A lot of our homes in Sea Mills were built in the 1920’s and would have housed returning veterans of WW1, however some houses were later, and a few have been around a lot longer. Come and find out when your home was built and start to find out who lived there. We will also be looking at public buildings and the history of the estate. We’ll be looking mainly at houses in Sea Mills Coombe Dingle, but if you don’t live in the immediate area you could still come and help as there will be lots to do.

The information we gather will form part of a heritage trail and our mini-museum which opens in the old red phone box on Sea Mills Square in June 2019.

Email us to book info@seamills100.co.uk

NEWS: New Year, new video, new you tube channel!

Happy New Year everyone, it’s time to get this project really going. In the next few weeks we will be booking visits to our local record office and getting started with researching into the estate and into our own homes. The information we find will be used in our heritage trail and our mini-museum in the phone box on the Square. The trail will take place over the weekend of 8/9 June 2019 and the mini-museum will also open that weekend and stay for a year.  Look our for news of developments here, on our social media, mailouts and on the noticeboards at the Cafe on the Square, outside the old Ironmongers and of course keep an eye on the phone box on the Square.

We have also opened a new you tube channel  for the video clips we will generate during the project. We hope you enjoy our New Year video below, it’s also on our you tube channel along with our Christmas lights switch on for those who missed it.

NEWS: Christmas lights switch on

Sea Mills Xmas Tree

Despite poor weather quite a crowd gathered last Tuesday 18th December 2018 to watch long-standing local Sea Mills resident, WW2 veteran Stan Tozer turn on possibly the most unusual Christmas lights in the country. Our lit tree is causing quite a stir as it’s INSIDE a disused phone box on Sea Mills Square – on the junction of Shirehampton Road and St Edyth’s Road in north Bristol.

The tree will be lit every evening over the Christmas period and see us into 2019 which mark 100 years of the Sea Mills estate. Selfies are definitely encouraged! #SeaMillsTree

The tree was made possible with the financial support of: Keith and Gill Bonham, Collistear Hair and Beauty, Sea Mills Together and Sea Mills Community Initiatives. The decorations were made by local school children.

Stan Tozer turns on Sea Mills Christmas lights
Photo by Dave Mallard

Sea Mills Xmas Tree
Photo: Mary Milton

Sea Mills Xmas Tree
Photo: Mary Milton