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...
Not so long ago in Bristol you could be hanged for love
As the summer Pride season starts, it is worth remembering that British society was not always tolerant of homosexuality.
Women who built Bristol: ‘We were challenging all the time’
A look at some of the great women who helped shape this city.
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.
One hundred years on, Bristol remembers those who refused to kill
Descendants of World War 1 conscientious objectors reclaim their history as a source of pride
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.
Bringing the fight against apartheid to Bristol
Remembering Ron Press, the white South African dissident who became a leading light in Bristol activism.
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...