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About the Wills Hall Association

The Wills Hall Association is the oldest and largest of the hall alumni associations in Bristol. We are an important channel for the voices of past and present members of Wills Hall, articulating the unique character of the Hall, and helping past and present members to enhance the experiences of future residents.​

Our aims are to help keep our several hundred members in touch with their friends and contemporaries, and to maintain productive and supportive liaisons with new generations of residents as Wills Hall grows and develops in the contemporary University of Bristol.

We work closely with the University’s Residential Life teams to help support the needs and wellbeing of current residents of Wills Hall. We sponsor travel and educational grants. For many decades we have provided funds for equipment and resources in Wills.​


Membership can be a way of making contacts across a wide range of work sectors. We keep members up to date with current developments affecting the Hall. A strong membership provides a strong advocacy for the benefits of Hall life within the university and wider afield.

Reunion Weekend

The WHA organizes several events every year for members and guests. These include the annual summer reunion in Wills Hall (with a distinguished guest speaker), a London Reception in the autumn, and the Arthur Graves Lecture. Other less formal events will also be advertised here. Lectures are always free of charge. Dinners and receptions are competitively priced and subsidized for current students where possible.



Wills Hall has been shaped by generosity and philanthropy, from the founding donation by the Wills brothers in the 1920s to the ongoing gifts of members in the 21st century.

Click here to find out how you can donate to improve the wellbeing of Wills residents.


Travel Awards

The WHA advertises awards for travel and educational development to current residents annually. These may reach up to £1000 per applicant. Terms and conditions apply!

These awards are possible because of the generosity of generations of Wills students who have donated to the Wills Hall Trusts managed by the University and the WHA.


A History of Wills

The official History of Wills Hall (new edition 2018) is also available for purchase at £12. A fine hardback book, with 112 pages and many illustrations, this tells you all you need to know about your Hall's history.


101 Scholarship

Thanks to the huge generosity of a number of former residents of Wills Hall and members of the WHA, we are able to offer a series of 10 scholarships of £4000 each + £400 for books/equipment between 2021 and the Association's 101st anniversary in 2030.

The scholarships are  managed in conjunction with the University's student funding office.


Wills Gin

For the 90th anniversary of the Hall's foundation in 1929 the WHA commissioned a bespoke gin from a local Bristol microdistillery based on plants and aromatics familiar from the Downside Estate.

It is available for purchase at £33 (collection or £3 delivery per [multi-bottle] order).

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