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...
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...
The tale of Bristol’s fascist-sympathising, disability rights-promoting first woman MP
Retracing a mission to uncover the elusive and conflicted past of Bristol’s largely forgotten, fascist-sympathising, disability rights-promoting first woman MP
Time flies by when you’re smashing teeth on concrete: Dean Lane Skatepark through the ages
Archive photos from a recent film about Bedminster's beloved skatepark, as the filmmaker reflects on why it still means so much to local people today.
Bristol History Podcast: Bristol University and its Historians
This week I met with Dr. John Reeks to discuss Bristol University and its historians. The university was founded in 1909 and dominates much of...
Unlocking the cells: Bristol's history of prison reform
From rioting in 19th century to fighting for prisoner rights in the 1970s, Bristol has a long history of attempted prison reform.
From poverty to luxury: hidden history behind the Blackberry Hill housing development
Residents of the luxury Blackberry Hill housing developments now under construction on Manor Road in Fishponds will be adding a chapter to a colourful and...
The Bristol Reform Riots
October 1831 saw a blaze of anger and thirst for change in the city Over three days in October 1831, Bristol saw arguably the most important riot in British history.
David Olusoga: Not the "angry black guy on television"
The Bristol-based celebrity historian talks about why he challenges the white-washing of British history… and the “pretty weird” relationship the city has with Edward Colston.
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...