Some of you might remember Rich Daniels and Robin Morgan, the Free Miners who led the tour of Hopewell Colliery on our Warren James day in the Forest of Dean several years ago. Robin started work at the age of fourteen and remembers being lowered down a pit shaft in a bucket on his first day of work. Now nearly eighty years old he has decided to retire! Rich has now taken over the lease of Hopewell Colliery. Rich is planning to develop the mine as a museum and heritage centre and is keen to […]
This film is to be premièred on a big screen at Our Forest My Vote (The Hoof Husting) at Forest Theatre, Five Acres college, at 6.30pm on Wed April 22. It will be followed by a Question Time-style debate with the audience, HOOF and parliamentary candidates, asking what will they do to protect our Forest of Dean? Entry: voluntary donation (suggested £1). hoofelection2015.wordpress.com/. Film set to music from Dick Brice, Max, Forest of Dean Brass, Asha Faria-Vare, Billy Bragg & Heathens All, […]
Public discussion event Friday February 20th 2015 7-9pm @ Hydra Bookshop www.hydrabooks.org 34 Old Market Bristol BS2 0EZ Speakers: Statewatch www.statewatch.org Breaking the Frame hosts speakers and discussion on contemporary and historical surveillance and control over the movement of people, plus resistance.
The 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 25th April 2015 at The Trinity Centre. If you want to get a stall at the 'early bird' discount rate you should do so by 14th February. As part of the bookfair Bristol Radical History Group will again be running the Radical History Zone hosted as usual by Hydrabooks, just down the road from Trinity. The programme for the RHZ is being finalised and will be published when all the speakers have been confirmed.
We have completed the data from the Eastville Workhouse Rosemary Green burial ground for the year 1880-89. The PDF file is available on the Rosemary Green Burial Ground Data article. Still to be completed are the years 1890-95 and 1855-1859. These sould be added in the next week.
Townsend Productions are bringing their play United We Stand to Bristol's Bierkeller Theater on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th February 2015. The story follows Ricky Tomlinson and Des Warren from the 1971 builders' strike through to their subsequent convictions. Both humerous and moving the play examines the reasons behind the strike and considers why the Conservative government and building companies wanted revenge on the successful strikers. With a very creative use of only two actors and […]
So far the data we have managed to get on the website and the data we have that will get up loaded eventually, looks like this: 1855-59 - to be released 1860-69 - released 18-01-15 1870-79 - released 19-01-15 1880-89 - to be released 1890-95 - to be released 1855-95 Overall Summary - to be released There is also a document containing notes on how to best use and interpret the data sheets. The data sheets and the notes can be found here and more details about the Eastville Workhouse project can […]
Inside Out West will have an item on the Eastville Workhouse unmarked graves project on Monday 19th January at 19:30 on BBC1. The Eastville Workhouse project was launched in 2012 after some members of Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) were studying an old ordnance survey map of Ashley Down and Eastville (1902). They noticed that the burial ground for the Barton Regis workhouse at 100 Fishponds Rd, Eastville, marked as disused in 1902, made up part of present-day Rosemary Green just round the […]
The South Gloucestershire Division of the NUT is promoting performances of United We Stand ( ), a play about the case of the Shrewsbury 24, in Bristol. In 1972 tens of thousands of building workers won the first national strike in the industry for better pay and conditions. 'Flying pickets left the contractors reeling. The Tory government and the large building companies wanted revenge, and the 'Shrewsbury 24' were put on trial in the following year. 'Townsend Productions' new play, UNITED WE […]
Bristol Records office have launched their new online catalogue. Bristol Record Office holds almost two million documents which record the history of the city and the surrounding area from the 12th century to the present day. These include minutes, accounts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs and films created by many types of organisations and people.