About Anton

Anton Bantock is founder and Vice Chancellor of the University of Withywood - a non-elitist, community oriented university in Bristol, U.K. that helps fund the education of needy students in Bristol and developing countries. The University has been registered as a charitable organization since 1996.

Anton is also an eminent historian who gives lectures and has written several books chronicling some of his nomadic adventures. These sketch books contain his masterfully detailed drawings of some of the sights.

Travel Letters and Sketchbooks

Anton is a skilled artist and takes a sketch book on his travels around the world where you or I would take a camera. He's produced hundreds of drawings of local scenes, some of which are used on Christmas cards sold to raise money for the University of Withywood's sponsorshop fund. Travel letters and sketch books he's written that are currently available:
He's written more books published by the Malago Society, narrating the histories of the Smyth Family of Ashton Court and South Bristol.

Many of his books may be purchased online at Amazon.co.uk or at Amazon.com.


Anton is narrator of two enlightening new videos, now available on Amazon in DVD:
  • BEDMINSTER: THE PRIDE OF SOUTH BRISTOL based on Bristol's famous southern suburb.
  • BISHOPSWORTH, WITHYWOOD AND HARTCLIFFE an account of the history of the old parish of Bishopsworth.

Blackout Arts has a 2 minute excerpt from the video Anton on Ashton, on the history of the Ashton Court Estate, its myths, ghost stories and Smyth family secrets. Produced by Rod Maclachlan and narrated by Anton Bantock.


Anton Bantock is an incorrigible traveller, rummager and hoarder, and has an endless repertoire of talks, enthusiasms and tales from local history to liven up winter evenings! If you'd like to attend one of his lectures, you can visit this page for upcoming events.


If you'd like to donate to the university, purchase one of his books, make a comment or share an anecdote, please visit the contact page for more information.