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]

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[edit]

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).[6]

Notable members[edit]

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] and respected Irish spelæologist J. C. Coleman.


  1. ^ History of the UBSS
  2. ^ "Earliest British cemetery dated". BBC News. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Bristol University | News from the University | Spelaeological Society
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Caves of County Clare and South Galway
  7. ^ Tratman Award

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