The Southville Centre is a social enterprise
run by Southville Community Development Association (SCDA). The Centre
runs as a community centre and a conference centre, offering a full
programme of activities and classes, conferencing, childcare and after
The Centre also runs community projects related to the environment, arts
and older people. Project such as these, run on the energy of the local
community. During 2006 the Centre produced a 60 page book in full
colour, on the history, industry and heritage of the Avon Cut. The book
highlighted the important contributions that Brunel made to the Avon
Cut and its role facilitating larger steam ships to be built in the Floating
Many local artists were keen to be involved
in the project, and contributed photographs, illustrations and valuable
knowledge of the area.
In evaluation, Katie White, Coordinator and Compiler,
noted that the project had been “…a steep learning curve…working
in publishing and computer design”. Those involved in the project
dealt with their fair share of ups and downs, however the finished result
was met with very positive response, and 522 copies of the book have
been sold to date.
The book includes chapters on Bristol before and after
the cut, on William Jessop (Devon born engineer who submitted designs
for the Floating Harbour and Avon New Cut), Brunel, bridges, churches,
geology and MUD!
You can download a PDF of sample pages from the book here and
see some feedback letters below.