Mike Jempson

People's History

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’.

From poverty to luxury: hidden history behind the Blackberry Hill housing development

OPINION: the voting system is broken, it’s time for change