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...
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...
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