Bristol History Podcast
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.
Listen: How hundreds of squatters responded to the housing shortage after the war
Listen: The Bristolian poet prodigy Thomas Chatterton who died at 17
Born in Redcliffe in 1752, Chatterton produced a great body of poems, plays and prose works before his death as a teenager.
Listen: Ann Yearsley, the working class Bristol poet who took on the slave trade
LISTEN: Telling the stories from Bristol LGBTQ people going back 300 years
Andrew Foyle from Outstories Bristol, a volunteer community history group, discusses the stories of LGBTQ people throughout Bristol’s history from the 17th century to the present day.
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.
Listen: Healthcare in Bristol before the NHS
This week I met with Dr Michael Whitfield to discuss Bristol's dispensaries. For the two hundred years or so before the creation of the NHS in 1948, the dispensaries were one of the main providers of healthcare in Britain, especially for its poorest people. We discussed how the dispensaries opera...
Bristol History Podcast: State Surveillance in Bristol and Beyond
This week I spoke with Colin Thomas and Tim Beasley of the Bristol Radical History Group to discuss the history of state surveillance in their...
Bristol History Podcast: 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: West Country Counterculture in the 1960s and 70s
Explore 'the artistic, radical and experimental communities that flourished at the time.'