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About Brian

Actor-turned-author and respected local historian for the Weston super Mare region in North Somerset, England.


Brian has written "Tales of Old Weston" and many other publications, many of which can be found in the Local History room at Weston-super-Mare central library.

Click here to see a list of his accredited contributions and works on the Libraries West online catalogue.

Hear Brian's 2014 interview on BBC Radio Bristol

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Invite Brian to speak at your event.

Brian lives in Weston super Mare and is often called to speak at local associations, community groups, and projects with an interest in local history. If your organisation would like to invite Brian to share his knowledge and expertise, contact him here.


"A Coronation Street actress ...had links to Weston, which were once explored in a television show. Anne Kirkbride, aged 60, was best known for walking the famous cobbles while playing Deirdre Barlow. In 2007, she travelled to the town as part of the ITV series "You Don’t Know You’re Born", where she met Weston historian Brian Austin" (Weston Mercury, 2015)

 "There is a local historian called Brian Austin who is contactable through the library who is a fountain of knowledge." (Elaine on

"Well-known local historian Brian Austin will be talking about true-life Victorian murders in Weston and district, as featured in his book Tales of Old Weston."

"Weston super Mare's Family History Society was founded in in 1983 after a course run by local historian Brian Austin"

"The chapter by local historian Brian Austin will be of particular interest to Westonians, with his customary emphasis on the human dimension of local history" (Adrian Webb, editor of "A Maritime History of Somerset")