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Bristol History Podcast: Bristol and the 1918 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic

Arriving at the end of the First World War, the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing between 40...

40 years ago, the far right in Bristol was faced down with music, pickets and ballots

Bristol History Podcast: Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country

Bristol History Podcast

Bristol History Podcast: Natural History of the West Country

This week I met with Joe McSorley of the Avon Wildlife Trust to discuss the natural history of the West Country – from the earliest...

Bristol History Podcast

Bristol History Podcast: Bristol University and its Historians

Bristol History Podcast

Bristol History Podcast: Bristol's Overseas Trade

Bristol History Podcast // 'Out of the Comfort Zone: From Bristol to Massive Attack.'

This week I met with author and journalist Melissa Chemam to discuss her book 'Out of the Comfort Zone: From Bristol to Massive Attack.'

Bristol History Podcast // Benjamin Dickson in Conversation

Author on his graphic novel about a family struggling to come to terms with life following the end of the Second World War.

Bristol History Podcast // Bristol Rugby Club

Bristol Bears' historian Mark Hoskins talks Bristol Rugby - the club's origins in the late-Victorian era, its community role during the World Wars and the professional age.

Opinion: ‘Black Excellence’ shouldn’t hinge on white ideas of success

Achievements should be celebrated, but we should create our own metrics of success.

Bristol History Podcast // Bristol's Public Memory of Slavery

This week I met with Dr. Jessica Moody of Bristol University to discuss the ways in which Bristol has publicly addressed its involvement in the...

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...

Bristol History Podcast // Mike Manson in Conversation

This week I met with author, historian and one man Bristolian institution: Mike Manson. In a whistle-stop tour through his literary career we discussed the...

Bristol History Podcast // Being Brunel - A Bristol icon

Being Brunel is one of Bristol's newest and most innovative museums that attempts to get behind the myth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the country's most famous engineers.

Bristol History Podcast // Bristol and the Civil War

The English Civil War is often reduced to a stereotype of haughty Cavaliers and humourless Roundheads. Yet in reality it was was one of the...

Bristol History Podcast // Lucienne Boyce on History and Historical Fiction

This week Tom Brothwell meets with acclaimed historian and historical fiction writer, Lucienne Boyce. They discuss the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Bristol,...

Women who built Bristol: ‘We were challenging all the time’

A look at some of the great women who helped shape this city.

Commemorating a pioneering St George author

A small plaque on an unassuming Troopers Hill bench celebrates Victorian author Elizabeth Emra, who wrote about the lives of east Bristol’s poor.

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.

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.

The infamous Berkeley affair

Peasants poached for survival, but landowners and the law brought them more misery.

The Faces of Old Market

As the face of Old Market is set to change, we take a look at some of the faces.

DIY Press: From conspiracy to community coverage

From yellowing pages of the 1960s to today, radical media reveals Bristol's history of alternative democratic engagement.

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