Each year the Society has a get together at some interesting venues, almost always in early September. Until recently, these were called Reunions, because most of those attending did so every year and were mainly those members who had come together to form and grow the Society as part of their endeavours to trace their Bliss ancestors before the days of internet coverage of family history information.
Nowadays, sadly there are fewer of those members able to travel to the venues, so it is hoped that many of the more recent members to join the Society will come along. Hence the new name of Gatherings.
The later venues were:-
1997 – Stockwood Craft Museum and Lutton Hoo.
1998 – Ironbridge’s Blist Hill, the Ironbridge and Darby’s Blast Furnace.
1999 – Warwick Castle.
2000 – Royal Windsor Castle and Eton.
2001 – York’s Historic Walls, the Minister, River Cruise and the Shambles.
2002 – Dudley’s Industrial Museum.
2003 – Bletchley Park and Grafton Regis.
2004 – Chatham’s Historic Dockyard and Rochester.
2005 – Oxford University Press, Bodleian Library, talk on William Henry Bliss DCL and Blenheim Palace at Woodstock.
2006 – Gloucestershire’s Chedworth Roman Villa, Bell-ringing display at Barnsley, St. Mary’s Church Fairford, Gloucester Cathedral and Corinium Museum at Cirencester
2007 – Portsmouth Dockyard’s HMS Mary Rose, HMS Victory, Museums and Spinnaker Tower
2008 – Stratford upon Avon’s William Shakespeare’s and his families’ homes, Narrow Boat Cruise on the River Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Co’s Courtyard Theatre
2009 – Greenwich Old Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House
2010 – City of London Guildhall, Bank of England, Southwark Cathedral and the Globe Theatre
2011 – National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Tamworth Castle, the National Brewery Centre and Museum in Burton-on-Trent and Shugborough Hall, all in Staffordshire.
2012 – Blists Hill and Ironbridge, Shropshire (spoken as Bliss Hill)
2013 – The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) and a visit and buffet at Charterhouse.
2014 – Hampton Court Palace, dinner at an Esher Restaurant, Kew Gardens and Kew House.
2015 – London – BBC Broadcasting House, lunch and visit to the Wallace Gallery and Kenwood House.
2016 – London – The Inner Temple, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, dinner at the Tower Restaurant and the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.
2017 – Cambridge – The American Cemetery, Duxford Imperial War Museum, a dinner at a riverside restaurant in Cambridge and Cambridge University’s Clare College
2018 – Richmond – the Poppy Factory, lunch at an Italian Restaurant and Syon House.
2019 – Constable Country – Melford Hall, Flatford Mill, St Mary’s Church, Dedham and dinner at The Angel Inn, Stoke Nayland, The Beth Chatto Gardens at Emstead Market