Heart & Soul


A home for The Trinity Fox by Andy Council, revealed as part of the end of project celebrations photo @Khali Ackford

Heart & Soul

In 2018 we will be celebrating Trinity's place at the heart of the community through a programme of accessible heritage activities, workshops and events. The activities will take place alongside our most recent capital works to conserve and renovate the building.

The programme

“Heart and Soul” is an opportunity for you to become part of a celebration of Trinity's heritage this is why we have a programme activities to suit a range of needs, abilities and interests. You can find about the events we have by clicking on the What's On section or picking up a brochure from Trinity or outlets across Bristol. You can also download the Heart & Soul brochure here.

Workshops - learn some of the craft skills that built Trinity.  We are offering free workshops in clay, stained glass, textiles and woodcarving. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. The last block of sessions is due to commmence Tuesday 3rd April.

Talks - devised in collaboration with Bristol's Architecture Centre and the University of the West of England (UWE), we look at the challenges and achievements of transforming and preserving historic buildings. Montly evening talks from February to  July.

Walks - historian and writer Dr Edson Burton reveals the ebb of Old Market and Trinity's history through a series of guided walks. Afternoons from May to September.

"Its current stewards, Trinity Community Arts, have restored the building in line with its former glory and ethos. While it may have shifted, from the sacred to the secular, Trinity remains a vital life affirming institution." Dr Edson Burton

Dances - An opportunity to share your favourite Trinity and Old Market memories in an afternoon of reminiscence and ballroom dance.

Trinity Puzzle & Quest - together with Drojan Visuals, we have devised a fun packed heritage trail around the building, suitable for young people and the whole family.

Memory sharing - Christenings, weddings, civil partnerships, wakes, parties - as a Church, and now community arts venue, Trinity is a space of unique celebration & commemoration. We would love to include the story of your special occasion in our end of project exhibition and on-line archive. Contact Dr Edson Burton for more details: edson@3ca.org.uk

Celebration event - will be an exhibition at Trinity of images and archive material collated throughout the project.

Volunteering - we have lots of opportunities to get involved with the project. Roles include archiving, stewarding talks/walks, workshop assistants and marketing support. Contact us for more info.


Why we preserve and celebrate the diverse heritage of our local communities

We believe that heritage is a powerful source of social capital, the physical fabric of many communities, and a source of national and local identity and pride.

Heritage is broader than just the historic built environment – it is also about the heritage of communities, language, dialect and cultural traditions.

Our heritage projects:

  • Preserve and celebrate the Trinity Centre as a building of historic interest
  • Explore, document and champion the cultural heritage of Bristol's diverse communities, such as people's stories, backgrounds and traditions
  • Utilise the power of heritage to improve quality of life, extend opportunity and strengthen community cohesion
  • Record and document this architectural and cultural heritage so that it can be shared with future generations

Find out about our past projects, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, to explore heritage of the building and local community

Vice & Virtue


Oral history project exploring the rich heritage of Old Market; one of Bristol's most famous high-streets. Old Market is known for its historic architecture and townscape and its national significance as a Conservation Area.

From the history of Bristol's Gay Village since the 1980s to the history of vice that dominates perceptions of the area, the cultures, sub-cultures and changing demographics of this ancient, now modern market place are much spoken about.

What's Your Trinity Story?


Oral history and archiving project about the Trinity Centre from 1960-today. The project explored the rich history of the Trinity Centre, with specific reference to its role as a music and community venue.

Trinity is probably best known for its role in the music scene of the 1990s, when it played host to some of the biggest domestic and international music stars of the time. Its other incarnations have included its life as a parish church up until the 1970s, a base for African-Caribbean communities in the 1980s and its continued use as a music, community and training space today.

The project culminated in an exhibition, book and online archive.

The Bristol Sound Project


This project explored Trinity's role in the community and Bristol music scene, 1829-2009.

The Trinity Centre has long been described as the birthplace of The Bristol Sound. From punk to reggae, dubstep to drum 'n' bass, Trinity has been at the heart of Bristol's thriving music scene.

The project featured a series of creative workshops for young people, based on the Trinity Centre's colourful and varied past, culminating in a site specific performance At Tether's End.

Project Evaluation Report