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The Forest of Dean Miners’ Association and the First World War 1910 - 1920
The following resolutions were passed at a meeting of Forest of Dean Miners at Speech House in August 1917.
“That we, the Forest of Dean Miners, enter our most emphatic protest against the agent for committing us to the comb-out scheme before first of all ascertaining the view of the miners of the Forest of Dean”.
“That we, the Forest of...
As part of his whistlestop tour of England, we are very pleased to have Peter Linebaugh visiting Bristol. His co-authored book (with Marcus Rediker) The Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic both inspired BRHG and provided Hydra Bookshop with its name. His recently published Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and...
A woman before the courts in 1882 said that she preferred the gaol to Eastville workhouse as ‘in the latter she was three quarter starved and worked to death’
Before the end of the Second World War and the creation of the Welfare state and the National Health Service if you were poor and you got ill or you couldn’t find work there was only...
Bristol Radical History group (BRHG) is making progress on the project to record and respect the paupers buried in unmarked ground behind the old Eastville workhouse (100 Fishponds Rd), now called Rosemary Green.
A key marker of disrespect is burying people, seen as worthless in unmarked graves; their death and burial not worth marking.
Planning meeting regarding Eastville Workhouse and remembering the paupers buried in Rosemary Green.
Thursday 9th October 7.00pm-9.00pm.
St Anne's Church, St Leonards Road, Greenbank, Bristol, BS5 6JN
It has been over a month since we first met to discuss the 3,500 or so unmarked 'paupers' graves in Rosemary Green. Since then a number of people...
A series of events linked to the Eastville Work house.
Imperialism, displacement and migration
World War One is often characterised in the popular memory through the narrative of trench warfare on the Western Front. However, it was a global war fought by imperialist powers, ranging from Africa and the Middle East to the South Pacific. These conflicts, essentially struggles to create or maintain empires, shaped the modern world, not only for...
Forgotten Soldiers of Empire
Documentary, talk and discussion
David Olusoga's recent documentary The World's War challenged perceptions of WW1 with the stories of the millions of Indian, African and Asian troops who fought and died alongside white European troops on the western front and elsewhere. Using letters and diaries writer-director Dominic Rai brings to life the...
Class cohesion and spurious patriotism: trade union internationalism in the First World War
In this talk Kevin Morgan considers the trade union radicals who from the earliest months of the war took up an internationalist and anti-war stance, and who gathered increasing support as the war went on. Their contribution to the anti-war movement has...
Bristolian opposition to the First World War
The Bristol Deserter – Alfred Jefferies – His War Story
During World war One nearly 300 British soldiers on the Western Front were shot at dawn for deserting or for ‘cowardice’. One victim, Alfred Jefferies, a Bristolian, was executed on 1st November 1916. Based on official archives, including war diaries and court martial records, Geoff...