Eugene Byrne

People's History

‘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.

Spend a penny: A potted history of Bristol’s public toilets before they were closed to save cash

A history of Bristol’s healthcare for the working classes

Image of the remnants of an anti-aircraft gun position at Purdown, Bristol. Nearby military huts were squatted after the Second World War (credit: Eugene Byrne)

People's History

'Staking a claim': how the postwar housing crisis led to a mass squatting movement

After the Second World War, Britain faced an acute shortage of homes. The remarkable outbreak of civil disobedience that followed is being remembered as part of a two-month festival of working-class history in South Bristol.

People's History

30 years since the Hartcliffe riots


From homes for heroes to a housing crisis: a potted history of Bristol’s council housing