University of Bristol Spelæological Society

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The University of Bristol Spelæological Society (UBSS) was founded in 1919 by cavers in the University of Bristol. Among its earliest activities was the archaeological excavation of Aveline's Hole. [1] [2]

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The club owns a hut, which was formerly a ladies' cricket pavilion. It was bought in 1919 for £5 and moved from its original plot to Burrington Combe, where it still stands.

Publications and library

The club maintains one of the largest collections of caving books and journals in the country in its library in Bristol, [3] as well as publishing the long-standing academic journal, Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelæological Society. [4]

Following numerous expeditions to the Burren, County Clare over the years, [5] the UBSS has published the definitive guides to the caves of the region: Caves of Northwest Clare (1969), Caves of County Clare (1981), Caves of County Clare & South Galway (2003) and Caves of Mid-West Ireland (2019). [6]

Notable members

Notable past members of the club include Professor E. K. Tratman, who gave his name to Tratman's Temple in Swildon's Hole and to the 'Tratman Award', [7] respected Irish spelæologist J. C. Coleman, and baking star Kim-Joy Hewlett.

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References

  1. History of the UBSS
  2. "Earliest British cemetery dated". BBC News. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  3. Bristol University | News from the University | Spelaeological Society
  4. Coleman, J. C. (1969). "The society in Ireland" (PDF). Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelæological Society . 12 (1): 75–82. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  5. Caves of Mid-West Ireland
  6. "Tratman Award". Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-19.

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