History of the late medieval and early modern periods has tended to focus on a small number of people who have left a big dent on the historical record: kings and queens, statesmen and landowners. Most people could tell you something about Henry VIII’s wives or his eating habits – but how much do we know about what life was like for the ordinary men and women living under his rule? This week I met with Dr Mark Hailwood – Lecturer in History at the University of Bristol – to discuss what everyday life was like in the rural west country in the late medieval and early modern periods.
Bristol History Podcast is dedicated to exploring various aspects of Bristol’s history, hosted by Tom Brothwell. Produced in partnership with the Bristol Cable since April 2018.
A home for the ‘Hypochondriac, Mad and Distracted’: remembering the ‘madhouses’ of Fishponds
For more than 100 years, a family firm profited handsomely from running mental health facilities in Fishponds – sometimes using shocking and bizarre practices. A new book uncovers the startling history of ‘Mason’s Madhouse’.
‘An intolerable anachronism’: it’s 60 years since the last hanging took place in Bristol
On 17 December 1963, the final judicial execution in our city brought a long history of local executions to an end. We look back on what happened in Horfield in 1963, and the campaign to end the death penalty.
The Bristol police chief embroiled in corruption who died with a razor in his hand
John Henderson Watson had a long and distinguished police career and was Bristol’s chief constable for 14 years – before his career ended in scandal and his disappearance.
Listen: Sabrina, goddess of the River Severn
Nicola Haasz discusses the origin myths of Sabrina, goddess of the River Severn, and the cultural responses the river has elicited through history.
‘Ordinary people do extraordinary things’: exploring Caribbean history with director Tony T
Turning Point, a video installation showing at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, uses personal stories to paint an immersive picture of Caribbean life during a pivotal period in the early 20th century.
A history of Bristol’s healthcare for the working classes
It's a myth that there was little or no access to free medical care before the establishment of the NHS in 1948 – but progress was slow, unequal and sometimes grisly.