Kurdish ecology initiatives: screening of film about Hasankeyf and talk

Event before the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: The Hydra Bookshop, BS2 0EZ
Price: Donation
Note: This event was not organised by BRHG.
Screening of short film, ‘Water’s Date with Death’ (Directed by Ali Ergül, 2017) about the threat the construction of the Ilisu Dam poses to people, archaeological heritage and biodiversity at the site of the 12000 year old settlement at Hasankeyf in south-east Turkey/Bakûr (north Kurdistan). This will be followed by a short talk about the aspirations to implement ecological sustainability, a central principle of the Kurdish struggle in Bakûr and Rojava (Democratic Federation of Northern Syria). […]

Outcasts, Cowards and Quakers – Re-examining the Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

Date: , 2018
Time:
Price: Free but suggested donation £3-£5
With: Lois Bibbings
Series: Miscellaneous 2018
Note: This event was not organised by BRHG.
This talk given by Professor Lois Bibbings will consider conventional ideas about objectors alongside an exploration of who these men (and women) were, what they did and why, what happened to them and how they were viewed. A complex picture emerges which takes us a long way from stereotypical images of objectors as, for example, despised, rejected, unmanly, lacking courage and/or devotedly religious. This event is organised by the Bristol Skeptics Society and takes place at the Smoke and Mirrors […]

History Walk and Film: Painted out of history

Ellen and Rolinda Sharples

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Price: Free/donation
With: Lee Cox, Hazel Gower
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
What is the connection between the Bristol Sharples family of artists, the American Revolution of the 1780s and the Royal West of England Academy of Art? Join Lee Cox and Hazel Gower, director and writer of a TV film about Ellen and Rolinda Sharples, in exploring the places where they lived and worked at the beginning of the 19th century. Rolinda became the only female member of the Bristol School of Narrative Artists, whilst the Sharples family little known legacy led to the establishment of […]

Studio 1: The Shot At Dawn Campaign: Rewriting History and Pardoning the Past

Date: , 2018
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With: Lois Bibbings
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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In 2006 a legislative pardon of sorts was granted for some of the men executed by the British military during the First World War. However, the fight for something to be done about this – and the British military’s legal process and sentencing practice - had started during the war. This paper traces the efforts to gain justice for those men who died. It also considers resistance to ‘rewriting’ history and reflects upon campaigning and the use of pardoning here.
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Level 2: Exhibition : Dennis Gould’s art and memorabilia

Stroud letterpress artist, poet and activist

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free
With: Dennis Gould
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
Poet and letterpress artist Dennis Gould began the early 1960s in Stafford Prison. Serving with the Royal Engineers during the 1950s, he later took up the cause of the Committee of 100, the direct-action wing of the anti-nuclear movement, carrying out acts of non-violent civil disobedience for which he was detained at her Majesty’s pleasure. In 1965 Dennis helped to organise an anarchist fringe festival of poetry at the Octagon in Bath. He continued to campaign and work with Peace News and then […]

Level 2: Exhibition: Political posters of 1968

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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We are very pleased to be hosting an exhibition of political posters from the 1968 movements created our friends at the Interference Archive in New York. From the Atelier Populaire (print collectives) of France’s insurgent 1968 to the radical posters of the Prague Spring and the university occupations in the United States and Mexico City. This exhibition is an an entry point into the cultural production of the global '68 moment and its continued influence on politics, art, and design today.

Level 2: Banner making: The Atelier Populaire: The Struggles Continue!

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free
With: bread, print & roses
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
In May 68, visual culture was deployed as a form of radical protest, not just in the Parisian Atelier Populaire where students and faculty staff took over the Ecole des Beaux Arts, putting print on the map as a tool of global resistance movements, but around the globe from Italy to Mexico, from Japan to the United Kingdom, from the United States to Yugoslavia. These were "weapons in the service of the struggle… an inseparable part of it. Their rightful place is in the centres of conflict, that […]

Studio 2: The Bristol Sit-in: Student protest and occupation in1968

Date: , 2018
Time: to
With: Sue Tate, Kevin Whitston
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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In the winter of 1968 Bristol students occupied Senate House for 10 days. Their demands included greater representation for student reps on University bodies and 'reciprocal membership' for all students in the city which would allow access, even for lowly polytechnic students, to the wonderful facilities of the newly opened University Students Union Building. Two participants in the sit-in, Sue Tate and Kevin Whitston, will start this session with brief presentations before opening it out to […]
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Level 2: Poster making: make a print poster with Cato Press

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Donation
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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Cato Press, Easton’s very own print workshop, continues the tradition and art of relief printmaking. Members of Cato Press will be on hand in the activities and exhibitions area on Level 2 with some radical designs. Be sure to pay them a visit to print your own poster to take away!

History Walk 1 and Film: Painted out of history

Ellen and Rolinda Sharples

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Price: Free/donation
With: Lee Cox, Hazel Gower
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
What is the connection between the Bristol Sharples family of artists, the American Revolution of the 1780s and the Royal West of England Academy of Art? Join Lee Cox and Hazel Gower, director and writer of a TV film about Ellen and Rolinda Sharples, in exploring the places where they lived and worked at the beginning of the 19th century. Rolinda became the only female member of the Bristol School of Narrative Artists, whilst the Sharples family little known legacy led to the establishment of […]

Studio 1: The Art of Remembrance, a Sculptors approach to War Commemoration

Date: , 2018
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With: Andy De Comyn
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
Centred around the Shot at Dawn Memorial the talk looks at how war commemoration is viewed and how an artist's approach may differ from that of a commissioning body. It also looks at how war commemoration has changed, who is included and who is left out.
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Performance Space: Otherstory puppet show: On the Run

Date: , 2018
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With: Otherstory, Lois Bibbings
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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Otherstory presents – A puppet drama documentary about men on the run from conscription during World War 1. Using table top puppetry, photographs and posters from the period, the experience of men on the run is chronicled – including the extraordinary story of a secret chamber beneath a bike shop in Bedminster – and showing the wide network of support that enabled some men to reach the USA. This will be followed by a discussion/workshop looking at the historical material used in the show with a […]
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History Walk 2: Bristol – Feeding the people

Markets, trade, transport and conflict (17th-19th Centuries)

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Price: Free
With: Anny Cullum, Steve Mills
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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On this history walk we will discover how Bristolians were fed during the early modern era (17th-19th Centuries). Hear how a rapidly expanding urban area, without the ability to feed itself, was kept supplied. How Bristol in turn helped supply the rural hinterland and its relationship with Wales and the wider world. How the market system worked, and how it was regulated, at times by the civic authorities, or by the “moral economy” and the crowd. What happened when the chain broke, and how did […]

Studio 2: Women, politics and protest: Feminist perspectives on ‘68

Date: , 2018
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Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
With: Hilary Wainwright, Sheila Rowbotham
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
                      In two short reflective talks, Sheila Rowbotham and Hilary Wainwright will contribute personal memories of links between events, movements and ideas which surfaced in 1968 and the emergence of the women’s liberation movement of the early 1970s. They will describe how these helped to shape their approaches to politics. These will be followed by contributions and discussion from the audience. In 1969, Sheila Rowbotham’s […]
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Studio 1: Starting the flame: Agitators, Conchies and Miners in the Forest of Dean

Date: , 2018
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With: Ian Wright
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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In August 1917 a meeting of Forest of Dean Miners passed motions against the conscription of miners and in favour of an immediate negotiated peace to end the war. This talk will discuss the role agitators and conscientious objectors played in this process and what happened next. Ian Wright recently authored Ring Out the Thousand Wars of Old: The Forest of Dean World War One Conscientious Objectors.

Performance Space: Story Telling: ‘The Dispossessed’

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Price: Free
With: Heather Jane
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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  As part of her collection of historically-based narratives which provoke questions about society today, Heather Jane will present a story set in her homeland of Gloucestershire. 'The Dispossessed' is a tale weaving poaching, 18th century criminality, and dispossession of people from the land in Berkeley and the Forest of Dean; followed by historical facts and discussion pondering the modern-day fall out of enclosures.

Studio 2: From Festival to Carnival: 50 Years of St Paul’s

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
With: Julz Davis
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
St Pauls Carnival is held, usually on the first Saturday of July in Bristol. The celebration began life in 1968 as the St Pauls Festival, when the idea was "to create an event to help improve relationships between the European, African, Caribbean and Asian inhabitants of the area." Called the St Pauls Carnival since 1991, it is run by a non-profit organisation, St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival Limited. In 1968 the St Paul's Festival, has the aim of bringing together the European, […]

Studio 1: Film Showing: Mutiny at Taranto

The British West Indies Regiment in World War One

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
With: Tony T, Julian Putkowski
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
This documentary looks at the British Caribbean experience of the First World War and its legacies, as revealed by the last surviving veterans of the British West Indies Regiment. Central to the narrative is the mutiny at the allied base of Taranto in Italy in 1918. The film is formed of archival materials, drama reconstructions and eye-witness and expert interviews shot in Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia, Italy and the UK. The film's researcher and producer Tony T along with expert […]
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Performance Space: May 1968: From a Mod to a Marxist

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free
With: Stuart Butler
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
Born in 1951, Radical Stroud’s Stuart Butler recounts how the events of May '68 turned him from a mod into a Marxist. Stuart shares his personal journey during the year that rocked the world through prose-poetry. Prologue: Sixteen years’ old in the spring of 1968: bored with school; bored with A levels; why on earth did I stay on? Skint. Just got the sack from a Saturday job. No fags, no new records, no new clothes, no job, no money. Swindon have just had another rubbish season and now there’s […]

Studio 2: The Granary: Music in Bristol ‘68

Date: , 2018
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With: Al Read, Ed Newsom
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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The Granary opened its doors as a jazz club in Bristol in 1968, establishing itself as a rock venue in 1969 when the collective Plastic Dog moved in. This session explores the Bristolian music scene, in a pioneering venue from the 60s to the 80s. From the tail-end of 1968 and into the Eighties the Old Granary in Bristol’s historic city docks became home to rock music and outrageously liberal attitudes. It is still remembered fondly by its acolytes. Al Read and Ed Newsom were part of a foursome […]

Studio 2: What I remember…memories of 1968

Date: , 2018
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Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
With: Di Parkin
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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Di Parkin, Secretary of Bristol Radical History Group shares her memories of 1968 from the Vietnam anti-war demonstrations and the women’s equal pay strike at Ford's Dagenham to the 'Prague spring', the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia and Enoch Powell’s 'rivers of blood' speech.

Studio 1: On the run – Remembering the men who went away

Date: , 2018
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With: Cyril Pearce
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light
From the introduction of conscription in 1916 to the end of the war each year at least 80,000 men were reported missing as deserters or absentees from the British home forces. Among them was an unquantifiable number of men who identified themselves as Conscientious Objectors. Their stories of temporary or permanent escape are a part of the history of 1914-18 war resisters which has been largely ignored.
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Studio 1 & 2: Pressure Drop? What did the protests of 68 achieve?

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
With: Clive Bush
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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Professor Bush offers a critical reassessment of the events of 1968 and their aftermath. He will look at May 68 in Paris in a broader context of global protest and changing narratives of political analysis and authentic action. He will give a brief account of his own experiences of the summer of the 1968 at Democratic Convention in Chicago in the wake of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Malcolm X. Thirdly Professor Bush will examine a late echo of the sixties in the […]

History Walk 3: Degrees of Dissent: Bristols radical educational history, and what we can do to take learning back…

Date: , 2018
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free/donation
With: bread, print & roses
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2018
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Join collective bread, print & roses on a tour through Bristol’s radical past, present and future. Together we will bring to life the city’s dissenting history, its rich tradition of self-help and mutual aid, from the intellectual and political ferment of radical taverns, to pamphleteering, popular education collectives, the neo-liberal assault on education today and the radicalising impact of the UCU strike and ask what kind of education we need for all our futures.

Swords Into Ploughshares, Arms To Renewables

Date: , 2018
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Venue: BAWA Events Centre, BS34 7RG
Price: Free
With: Hilary Wainwright
Series: Miscellaneous 2018
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“To inflame the imagination of others” – that is the way shop steward convenor Mike Cooley saw the Lucas Aerospace Alternative Plan. The Plan had arisen out of the threat of massive redundancies at Lucas Aerospace in 1976 where half of its output depended on military contracts. Why, asked its workers, can’t we use our skills in creating socially useful products instead of making killing machines? And wouldn’t it make more sense spending money on things that society needed rather than on […]

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