People’s History

People's History

A home for the ‘Hypochondriac, Mad and Distracted’: remembering the ‘madhouses’ of Fishponds

For more than 100 years, a family firm profited handsomely from running mental health facilities in Fishponds – sometimes using shocking and bizarre practices. A new book uncovers the startling history of ‘Mason’s Madhouse’.

‘An intolerable anachronism’: it’s 60 years since the last hanging took place in Bristol

The Bristol police chief embroiled in corruption who died with a razor in his hand

Image of Arthur Rackham's 'Fairy Procession', originally for a 1908 edition of Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream

Bristol History Podcast

Listen: Sabrina, goddess of the River Severn

Nicola Haasz discusses the origin myths of Sabrina, goddess of the River Severn, and the cultural responses the river has elicited through history.

Image of actor Paterson Joseph in Turning Point, a four-part video installation by Tony T (credit: Sweet Patootie)

Features

‘Ordinary people do extraordinary things’: exploring Caribbean history with director Tony T

People's History

A history of Bristol’s healthcare for the working classes

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

With far-right ideas on the rise again, Colin Thomas draws on first-hand accounts and archive material to tell a story from a generation ago.

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

how much do we know about what life was like for the ordinary men and women living under Henry VIII's rule?

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 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...

Bristol History Podcast: Bristol’s Overseas Trade

Bristol was born as a trading hub. We look at the history of the city's overseas trade, from its foundation to present day.