Renaming the Colston Hall: An opportunity to rediscover the hidden history of Bristol

The following statement by BRHG historians was published in the Bristol Post last week in response to Councillor Richard Eddy's article the week before entitled: Prominent Tory: Renaming Bristol's Colston Hall 'panders to tiny minority'. Almost a century ago in 1920 the Reverend H. J. Wilkins of Westbury-on Trym penned a biography of Edward Colston which began to expose the troubling history surrounding Bristol’s so-called ‘moral saint’ and ‘great philanthropist’. Wilkins was astounded at the […]

90th anniversary of the 1926 General Strike

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Dear Friends and comrades, Swindon TUC would like to invite you to an exciting event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1926 General Strike, to be held from midday on Saturday May 7th . As part of an afternoon of activities, we will assemble at midday at Central Community Centre (Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP) for a march to re-enact and commemorate the large marches that took place in Swindon in 1926 to support the strike. Edwardian dress is encouraged, but not compulsory! Union […]

Three new videos

We have added three new videos from recent talks: Revolution in Rojava: Strengths and Challenges Poaching in the South West: The Berkeley Case Hesitant Comrades
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Avon Local History & Archaeology Study Day 2016

The ALHA 2016 annual study day will be held on Saturday 16 April at the University of the West of England. Speakers are Alan Freke on Fry’s, Steve Grudgings on coal mining, Raymond Holland on tar and chemicals, Gerry Atterton on the Great Western Cotton Works, Tony Coverdale on copper and brass, Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard on Finzel’s sugar and Mike Richardson on E & S A Robinson’s paper. Full programme.

Join the Rad’s Army Radical History Zone on 30th April!

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We are celebrating two anniversaries this year! 2016 marks the 10th birthday of the Bristol Radical History Group. This year we have also organised the 5th Radical History Zone (RHZ). The RHZ is an autonomous space for ideas about radical history that takes place alongside the annual Bristol Anarchist Bookfair. As ever there will be an eclectic mix of topics taking a critical approach to hidden history, with perspectives and themes rarely explored in conventional histories or the mainstream […]

Bookfair Dates

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair will be on April 25th 2015 at The Trinty Centre a fortnight before the General Election. The Bookfair will include – 2 halls filled with stalls from local campaigns & groups to national anarchist distros & publishers; workshops & meetings to discuss & debate the key issues; the Radical History Zone down the road at Hydra Bookshop; activities in Trinity Garden’s outdoor permaculture green space; an outdoor Soap-Box for Ranters; a quality vegan cafe; […]

Freedom Bookshop Firebombed

From Verso's website: Freedom, London's oldest anarchist bookshop, was firebombed in the early hours of Friday 1st Febuary. Early reports suggest the bookshop on the ground floor and the building's electrics were “seriously damaged”, despite the bookshop having been fitted with metal shutters following a bombing by members of Combat 18, a British neo-fascist group, in 1993. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in last night's attack. reedom Bookshop is home of Freedom newspaper, Britain's longest running […]

‘Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife: A History of Protest Christmas Cards’ – 27 October, Newport

Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife - A history of protest Christmas cards Saturday October 27th 2012 1pm - 3.30pm, Newport Museum & Art Gallery Opening event: Four veteran activists have been invited to speak at the opening: Hanif Bhanjee, former secretary Wales Anti Apartheid; Ray Davies, left wing activist; Ray Lawrence, former NUM and Jill Gough, Wales CND BOOK LAUNCH: An accompanying book Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife by Llew and Pam Smith will be launched at the opening and will […]
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Alan Woodward

I am sorry to say that our friend and companero Alan Woodward passed away on Saturday 20th October, 6pm, at the North Middlesex Hospital. Alan Woodward was a lifelong working class revolutionary immersed in support for workplace struggles and other anti-capitalist movements. He started with the International Socialists (later the Socialist Workers Party). He was then very active in the Haringey Trades Union Council. In recent years he gravitated towards independent libertarian politics, […]

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