Bristol History Podcast

A podcast dedicated to exploring various aspects of Bristol’s history, hosted by Tom Brothwell. Produced in partnership with the Bristol Cable since April 2018.

  1. Episode 27 – Bristol and the Civil War


    The English Civil War is often reduced to a stereotype of haughty Cavaliers and humourless Roundheads. Yet in reality it was was one of the bloodiest and most disruptive conflicts in our nation’s history. I met with Dr. John Reeks of Bristol University to discuss the causes, course and consequences of the war from a Bristolian perspective.

  2. Episode 26 – Lucienne Boyce on History and Historical Fiction


    This week Tom Brothwell meets with acclaimed historian and historical fiction writer, Lucienne Boyce. They discuss the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Bristol, the continuities between the 18th century and our present day, and to what degree historical fiction can contribute to historical understanding.

  3. Episode 25 – Bristol Zoo


    As the fifth oldest zoo in the world, Bristol Zoological Gardens has been introducing Bristolians to wild animals since 1836. Tom Brothwell meets with Dr Andy Flack, Teaching Fellow in Modern History at Bristol University, to discuss the origins of the zoo, its role in civic identity and the extent to which our attitude towards animals has (and hasn’t) changed over the past two centuries.

  4. Episode 24 – The Women Who Built Bristol

    This week Tom Brothwell meets with author Jane Duffus, to discuss her new book ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’. This work of collective biography tells the story of some 250 women connected with Bristol, ranging from the 12th century to the present day. We discuss the origins of the project, the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Bristol and Jane gives a preview of a few of the most interesting women who feature in her book.

  5. Episode 23 – Bristol From Below

    This week Tom Brothwell meet with Steve Poole, Professor of History at UWE to discuss his book ‘Bristol from Below’ (co-authored with Nicholas Rogers). They explore the life of ordinary Bristolians in the long 18th century, discussing – among other things – riots, radicalism, arson and sodomy.

  6. Episode 22 – Gas Girls

    This week the podcast will feature the audio from a short film telling the extraordinary tale of those people – mainly young women – who worked filling shells with mustard gas at two Avonmouth factory sites during the First World War. Many thanks to Diana Taylor for allowing us to use the audio from her short film: Gas Girls.

  7. Episode 21 – Derek Robinson in Conversation

    This week Tom Brothwell meets with Bristolian author Derek Robinson – creator of ‘A Darker History of Bristol’. They discuss his life and career as a writer; what it takes to write good historical fiction and Bristol’s changing attitude towards its own history.

  8. Episode 20 – W.G. Grace

    W.G. Grace was born in Downend in 1848. Through his remarkable achievements on the cricket field he became one of the most famous faces in Victorian Britain. Tom Brothwell met with cricket writer Scyld Berry to discuss the life, career and impact of W.G. on his sport and British society more generally.