Studio 2: Bristol Radical History Group highlights

Lady Blackshirts, The Smoke Dragon, Bristol's Aircraft Industry, From Wulfstan to Colston

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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 fascists [Rosemary Caldicott] During the 1930’s a small group of ultra-nationalistic women, who considered themselves feminists, joined Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. Surprisingly some of these women were former high ranking members of the suffragette movement. The Smoke-Dragon and How […]

History Walk 1: Edward Colston

Why is our city dominated by this man’s legacy?

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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 annual basis. Along the way we will share the most recent historical research regarding this man's involvement with the transatlantic slave trade and discover how the Victorian elite created a 'cult of Colston' that is now said to form part of our city's 'identity'. At our final stop, Bristol […]

Edward Colston Research Paper #2

The Royal African Company and Edward Colston (1680-92)

Introduction This research article is an examination of the Royal African Company (RAC) and the role of Edward Colston (b. 1636 d. 1721) within the organisation as both an investor and executive. It is unsurprising that this history has not been previously collated in this form as Colston still retains a popular status amongst sections of Bristol’s population as a philanthropist and ‘city father’, his memory protected by powerful civic organisations. Although the depiction of Colston as a […]

Edward Colston Research Paper #1

Calculating the number of enslaved Africans transported by the Royal African Company during Edward Colston’s involvement (1680-92)

Introduction Edward Colston was an investor, official and eventually deputy governor of the Royal African Company (RAC) from 1680-92. Over this period the RAC purchased and transported tens of thousands of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic into a life of hard labour. This article aims to answer number of questions about the RAC’s involvement in the slave trade in particular during Edward Colston’s tenure. These questions are: How many enslaved Africans were purchased by the RAC between 1680 […]

Colston Hall, the first domino goes down…

It's official, today the board of the Bristol Music Trust (BMT) have announced the Colston Hall will be changing its name. Congratulations to the Counter-Colston campaigners and their supporters for all the work they have done over the last few years to highlight this issue. We have been having a laugh today reading some of the reactions... Apparently Tory Councillor Richard Eddy will now be boycotting the hall....is this because he will only go to venues that are named after slave-traders? […]

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 […]

The Great Anti-Slavery Convention

Slaves being flogged in Brasil
This artilce is taken from: Pictorial Times, "A Weekly Journal of News, Litrature, Fine Art and the Drama", Vol. 1 March 18 - August 19 1843, p211-213, Saturday June 17 1843. "Engravings by Henry Vizetelly and Others". This article was found in Bristol Central Reference Library. If you wich to use any of the pictures please contact them: refandinfo@bristol.gov.uk. THE GREAT ANTI-SLAVERY CONVENTION. This great Convention, composed of delegates from almost every land, assembled on Tuesday last at […]

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

A one-day workshop at the Council House, Bristol Saturday 27th November 2010 10:30am–5:00pm This workshop examines the dispersal of compensation money paid to slave-owners following the abolition of slavery in 1833 and explores the ways in which the money was used by beneficiaries in the South West and South Wales as it shaped economic, social, cultural and political life over the next fifty years. Speakers include: Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Nick Draper (UCL) - Legacies of British […]

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