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Bristol History Podcast

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...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked, with Zakiya McKenzie on Black in the green movement and why people shouldn't be so polite

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with poet Lawrence Hoo, on decolonising education, and if he's now in the establishment

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Extinction Rebellion activist Chloe Naldrett, on getting arrested and where next for XR

Chloe's recent arrest has helped put XR back in the headlines, but how can the movement sustain itself in rebellion against climate catastrophe?

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Paul Smith, the council's housing boss, and how a socialist can be ‘credible’ with developers

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Desmond Brown, on knife crime, the justice system and being called a ‘police informant’

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.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Sam Williamson, head teacher on education in one of the UK's most deprived areas

Children's futures almost stolen, inequality made worse by algorithm and education in the time of COVID-19 in some of the UK's most deprived neighbourhoods.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Krazy, the local hip-hop heavyweight who punched a racist

As a white man he has been accused of cultural appropriation, despite growing up in the scene.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with David Goldblatt, on how sport can help save us from climate change

Local football clubs are gonna need gondolas to get supporters to flooded pitches and sports fans are untapped climate change champions, says the leading voice on sport and society.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Jimmy Galvin, the artist who hadn't read a book at 20

Growing up in poverty on north Bristol council estate Lawrence Weston, Jimmy didn’t read a book until he was 20. His life changed when his girlfriend took him to the Tate gallery in London.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Marti Burgess, the first Black Merchant Venturer

Marti is the first Black person to join the Merchant Venturers, the 500 year old club of slave trader Edward Colston.

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...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Delroy Hibbert

Delroy Hibbert is a Black Lives Matter backer. But he also attended the ‘All Lives Matter’ demonstration in Bristol the week after Colston fell.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Cleo Lake

Season 1, Episode 1: Founding member of Countering Colston, Green party city councillor and former Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake has a lot to say on the big questions of politics, race, history and the future of Bristol and beyond.

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?

Listen: When football meets anti-fascism - The Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys

Terry and Duke sit down with Kev and Sensi from Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls, to discuss the origins of this historic club, extraordinary oversees trips and how they mix activism and sport.

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...

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