People’s History

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Watch: The filmmakers behind 'Rooted in Bristol' discuss land, race and inequality

The new documentary, which premiered at Afrika Eye Film Festival, profiles Bristol’s Black and Afro-Caribbean food growers who discuss the importance of equitable access to land.

Bristol has a trove of artefacts originally taken through colonisation. Should they be given back?

That time when one of the most iconic slavery abolitionists came to town

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From factory boss's daughter to community organiser – meet Bristol's first woman councillor

Mabel Tothill was a champion of the labour movement and women's rights in East Bristol.

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Stokes Croft Riots: 10 years on

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From Russia with oil: Bristol’s Soviet spy saga

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...

The Convict Architect and Cotham Conman

Francis Greenway’s death sentence in a Bristol court was commuted to transportation and through sheer luck and grit he became one Australia’s most famous architects

The problematic past of the Merchant Venturers

Mark Steeds from the Bristol Radical History Group, co-author of From Wulfstan to Colston, tells the story of the origins, history and development of the Society of Merchant Venturers

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: 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.

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...