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Bristol History Podcast

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

Your Bristol Life

Listen: The Bristolian Refugee by Sam Sayer

Your Bristol Life is a new series of five podcasts shining a light on underrepresented aspects of Bristol's history. This BCfm series was made with the Bristol Cable, Bristol History Podcast and In The Dark.

Listen: The Bristolian poet prodigy Thomas Chatterton who died at 17

Listen: Ann Yearsley, the working class Bristol poet who took on the slave trade

Bristol History Podcast

Listen: Meet Bristol’s ballooning pioneer Don Cameron

Cameron Balloons created the first modern hot air balloon in Western Europe, and it has since become a beloved symbol of the city.

Bristol History Podcast

LISTEN: Telling the stories from Bristol LGBTQ people going back 300 years

Bristol History Podcast

Listen: How local industry profited from the slave trade

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.'

Bristol History Podcast: The Mystery of Princess Caraboo

On Thursday 3 April 1817, in the village of Almondsbury just outside of Bristol, a strangely dressed young woman began attracting the attention of local...

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...

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