The community razed to the ground for a road that was never built
In the 1960s the council demolished most of Totterdown, in a planning disaster still remembered by Bristolians today.
From cockfighting arena to protected green space
A history of a small hill in St Werburgh’s
A people’s history of St Pauls
St Pauls is a famous neighbourhood. But newcomers to Bristol are most likely to have heard of it for one of two reasons.
It’s not all strikes and marches: Bristol’s struggle for fun, leisure and knowledge
Our city has a history of politically involved communities who love to walk, sing, and dance. All with a sharp sense of social justice, mind...
A year of People’s History. 6 of the best.
Mass Grave of Victorian Paupers Discovered in Eastville. Who were they and what did they endure? Issue 1. 2. Victorian Bristol’s radical coffee taverns –...
An unusual WW1 hero from Bristol
Walter Ayles is an unsung WW1 Bristol hero for unusual reasons. But next year, a century after he defied the authorities, he will finally get the recognition of a blue plaque on his former home in Ashley Down.
Can We Move Beyond Black History Month?
Storyteller from South Africa challenges the limits of this yearly event and speaks to local actors proposing initiatives to expand learning about global cultures
The slaves who changed history
Aprevailing view of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade holds that a combination of evangelicals, liberals and enlightenment thinkers pushed Parliament towards the momentous...
The Forgotten Forest Charter
Colin Thomas of the Bristol Radical History Group looks at the age-old battle over British land use
Burning into national consciousness: looking back on the Hartcliffe riots
Hartcliffe rioted twenty-three years ago, soon after the last Conservative government was elected. We cast an eye back to dark times and the seeds of...
An age old question in Bristol: Elections or direct actions?
130 years ago Bristol workers made a direct challenge to the power structure of the time.
Victorian Bristol’s radical coffee taverns – Educate, Agitate, Percolate?
With the prospect of a Starbucks in Old City, Bristol’s proclaimed status as ‘alternative’ is facing increasing corporate influence. Stephen E. Hunt of The Bristol...