Bristol Radical History and the Remembering the Real World War groups are teaming up to bring you the Bristol Radical History Festival on Sunday 17th September (10.30am – 4.30pm) at MSHED.

Bristol Radical History Festival brings together history groups, publishers and the public for a day of talks, walks, performance, films, bookstalls and displays uncovering radical histories in Bristol, the South West and beyond.

From mutinous Bristolian soldiers to rebellious anarchist women, from Bristol’s underground network of war resistors to its rioters of 1831 we promise a ‘history-from-below’ approach, with speakers eager to share authentic glimpses of a hitherto undocumented past.

Two important anniversaries are also being celebrated at the Radical History Festival. It is 800 years since the Charter of the Forest was signed granting rights, privileges and protections for the commoner, something which has been central to recent and past struggles to protect the nearby Forest of Dean. It is also 50 years since the ground-breaking History Workshop project was founded, aimed at breaking down barriers between universities and local historians and researching working class ‘history from below’.

A series of history talks are taking place in Studio 1 and 2 on Level 1.

Puppet shows, films and plays are taking place in the Gallery on Level 1.

History walks will be starting and ending at M Shed.

Twenty five bookstalls and displays are situated on Levels 1 and 2.

Radical History Festival Programme

Note: events will be added to this list and there maybe changes of times.

Programme:

Date Time Title Details With Link
, 2017
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Studio 1: Women against World War One Bristol women campaigning for peace in World War One [June Hannam] June Hannam will focus on women in Bristol who opposed militarism and sought a negotiated peace. The most high profile activists were […] June Hannam,
Bernadette Hyland
, 2017
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Studio 2: Bristol and the arms trade A look at the early development of Bristol's aeroplane industry and how Bristol planes helped 'police' the empire in the interwar years. Special reference to Afghanistan, Iraq and Aden (Yemen). Jo Baker
, 2017
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History Walk 1: Edward Colston Starting with St Mary Redcliffe church, this walk takes in other historic Diocese of Bristol city centre churches where 'the life and work' of Edward Colston is provided religious legitimacy on an […] Roger Ball,
Mark Steeds,
Cleo Lake,
Christine Townsend,
Ros Martin
, 2017
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Studio 1: The impact of the First World War on Africa More details to follow.... Silu Pascoe
, 2017
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Studio 2: ‘History should be common property’ The History Workshop movement was a grassroots coalition of radical-academic, feminist, amateur and labour historians, which was founded at Ruskin College in the late 1960s under the guidance of the […] Ian Gwinn
, 2017
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Gallery Level 1: Taking a Holiday A story of struggle during the First World War - full of intrigue, escapes, comradeship...and bikes. Recommended for adults and older children. Three showings at: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm in Gallery […] Otherstory
, 2017
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Studio 1: Refusing to fight Conscientious Decision-Making [Lois Bibbings] This talk gives a brief insight into what First World War conscientious objectors to military service meant when they talked about 'conscience' or the […] Lois Bibbings,
Cyril Pearce
, 2017
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Studio 2: Bristol Radical History Group highlights A series of 10 minute 'taster talks' covering recently or soon to be published Bristol Radical History Group texts. These include: Lady Blackshirts: The Perils of Perception – suffragettes who became […] Rosemary L Caldicott,
Mike Richardson,
Mark Steeds,
Stephen E. Hunt
, 2017
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Studio 1: The War after The War More details to follow... Jim Slaven
, 2017
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Studio 2: 800 Years and Counting The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire - royal larder or people's larder? The Charter of the Forests, a lesser-known but wider-ranging companion to the Magna Carta, confirmed any "freemen" or commoners […] Owen Adams
, 2017
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Studio 1: Mutiny The biggest revolt in the history of the British Army occurred during 1919 involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Massive mutinies by stroppy soldiers humiliated generals, terrified politicians […] Julian Putkowski
, 2017
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Studio 2: Welsh syndicalism and socialism Rob Turnbull: Noah Ablett - The Miners’ Next Step and Welsh syndicalism Martin Wright: Wales and Socialism Before the Great War: the universal and the particular in the growth of a new movement More […] Rob Turnbull,
Martin Wright
, 2017
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Gallery Level 1: Dorothy and Archibald A performative reading of the tragic tale of Private Archibald Knee and Dorothy Beard who died together in 1916: a mutual suicide of two victims of the First World War Stuart Butler and Rachel Simpson […] Rachel Simpson,
Stuart Butler
, 2017
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Studio 1 & 2: Three British Anarchists in America This talk examines the lives of three British migrants who became Individualist anarchists and part of the network around the journal Liberty. The Bristolian activist and poet, Miriam Daniell was a […] Sheila Rowbotham
, 2017
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History Walk 2: Riots, Massacres and Reform 1700s-1832     Steve Mills

 

 

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