Listen: How local industry profited from the slave trade
The hidden history of how the family wealth of Edward Protheroe, famous coal industrialist in the Forest of Dean, was built on the slave trade and labour of enslaved people on sugar plantations.
The Bristol Blitz
2020 marked the eightieth anniversary of the Bristol Blitz, which saw 77 Nazi air raids on the city, with six major raids taking place in the winter of 1940-41. I spoke with Eugene Byrne of the Bristol Post to discuss the origins of the Blitz and how Bristolians coped with being bombed. We also e...
Bristol History Podcast: The Pneumatic Institute in Hotwells
At the end of the eighteenth century, ‘pneumatic’ (gas) chemistry was at the forefront of scientific knowledge. In 1799 the remarkable physician Thomas Beddoes opened...
Bristol History Podcast: Centuries of slavery and the city, and how enslaved people helped abolish the trade
Bristol's long involvement in trading enslaved human beings, and the overlooked history of how it was brought down.
Bristol History Podcast: The Bristol Bus Boycott
This week I met with Professor Madge Dresser to discuss the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott against the Bristol Omnibus Company over its racist employment policy was the first black-led protest against racial discrimination in post-war Britain. We explored race relations in Bristol aroun...
Bristol History Podcast: 'Know Your Place' and Planning in Bristol
This week I spoke with Pete Insole, Historic Environment Officer for Bristol City Council, to discuss the historical mapping tool ‘Know Your Place’. We also...
Bristol History Podcast: Bristol and the 1918 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic
Arriving at the end of the First World War, the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing between 40...
Bristol History Podcast: Witches and Witchcraft in the West Country
This week I met with Mike Slater, West-Country Occult Historian, to discuss the history of witchcraft in the West Country. We spoke about the continuance...
Bristol History Podcast: Graffiti and Street Art in Bristol
Nowadays Bristol is internationally known as a centre of graffiti and street art culture. I met with John Nation – pioneer and promoter of graffiti...
Bristol History Podcast: Dr. Edson Burton In Conversation
This week I met with the writer, poet, historian and playwright Dr. Edson Burton. We discussed (among other things) how his historical outlook shapes his...
Bristol History Podcast: Election Special: Polling Day in 18th Century Bristol
As we approach December's election, the Bristol History Podcast asks: how did we get here? To this end I spoke with UWE Professor of History and Heritage Steve Poole about what elections in Bristol looked like some 300 years ago.
Bristol History Podcast: Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country
how much do we know about what life was like for the ordinary men and women living under Henry VIII's rule?
Bristol History Podcast: Natural History of the West Country
This week I met with Joe McSorley of the Avon Wildlife Trust to discuss the natural history of the West Country – from the earliest...
Bristol History Podcast: Bristol University and its Historians
This week I met with Dr. John Reeks to discuss Bristol University and its historians. The university was founded in 1909 and dominates much of...
Bristol History Podcast // 'Out of the Comfort Zone: From Bristol to Massive Attack.'
This week I met with author and journalist Melissa Chemam to discuss her book 'Out of the Comfort Zone: From Bristol to Massive Attack.'
Bristol History Podcast // Benjamin Dickson in Conversation
Author on his graphic novel about a family struggling to come to terms with life following the end of the Second World War.
Bristol History Podcast // Bristol Rugby Club
Bristol Bears' historian Mark Hoskins talks Bristol Rugby - the club's origins in the late-Victorian era, its community role during the World Wars and the professional age.
Bristol History Podcast // Bristol's Public Memory of Slavery
This week I met with Dr. Jessica Moody of Bristol University to discuss the ways in which Bristol has publicly addressed its involvement in the...