Captain Swing Reconsidered: forty years of rural history from below

Our friend Steve Poole from UWE is involved in organising the following event: A Southern History Society Conference University of Reading, UK March 21st 2009 The anniversary this year of E. J. Hobsbawm and George Rudé's Captain Swing offers a timely opportunity to reflect upon the development of rural histories from below over the last four decades. Please see full programme details and booking form at

Not A Penny Off The Pay, Not A Second On The Day

This is a 'celebration of the working classes, featuring a truly international line up of acclaimed urban artists.' Created by the same people behind 12 Days of Xmas this event is not only happening during the same week as BRHG's Down With The Fences but it is just around the corner as well. To see the full lineup of artists visit their website - Opening night - Thursday 1st May 7pm-10pm Then open everyday 12pm-7pm (closed on Tue 6th) The Old Motorcycle Workshop 15-19 Stokes Croft (opposite […]

Down With The Fences! The Struggle For The Golbal Commons

    Ten days dedicated to places, spaces and environments that are owned by no one but are shared by all. As the world faces a wave of new enclosures, we examine the history of the commons, their enclosure and the resistance to private ownership, then and now. Speakers Include: Peter Linebaugh, George Caffentzis, Massimo De Angiles, Steve Poole and David Goldblatt. Click here to see the full programme of events.

The history of Central France ~ making a start

Hi all So I left Bristol a few weeks ago to start a new life in France. I'm currently staying with friends who live in a large farmhouse close to the beautiful village of Montrésor, near the market town of Loches in Central France. Eventually I, and my partner, Sandra, will be buying a property in the department (37) - hopefully it will have enough land on which visitors will be able to camp when visiting ~ ideally we want to set up a few yurts and hold a number of small annual events. These […]

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