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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 enslaved 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...

Blacklisting in Bristol: “Keep your mouth shut and keep your head down”

From the 1966 Bristol Dockers Strike, building the M32, Cabot Circus and sweeping Bristol’s streets today, workers who campaigned for better workplaces were ‘blacklisted’. Drew...

Watch: Blacklisting in Bristol - Interview

Watch an exclusive video with Jerry Hicks blacklisted Bristol worker and Phil Chamberlain, a freelance journalist about to publish a book ‘Blacklisted’. He is also...

The Glorious Dead

In this article we take a look at some of Bristol’s pacifists, objectors and mutineers and the struggles they faced during World War 1.

Listen: Bristol WWI poem read by Bristolians today

100 years after ‘The Great War’, we bring to life the voice of Isaac Rosenberg, a soldier poet from Bristol who was killed at the...

Mass Grave of Victorian Paupers discovered in Eastville

A mass grave of Victorian workhouse paupers has been discovered in Eastville. Who were they and what did they endure? By Di Parkin. Illustrated by...

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