Bristol Radical History Group offers a quality blend of events for Spring 2009, covering both historical and contemporary issues. We begin with future utopian visions (Nowtopia), consider the hidden histories of seminal events of the 1980s (Hillsborough and The Miners’ Strike) and champion revolutionary thinkers who our rulers afear’d (Thomas Paine). To top it all we will be unveiling a plaque on the Seven Stars Pub to commemorate the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson and the Bristol sailors who blew the whistle on the slave trade. We look forward to sharing some history, some chat and a pint or two with you.


20 years since Hillsborough
25 years since the Miners Strike
200 years since the death of Thomas Paine


The life and work of radical Poet John Gregory (1831 – 1922)
The unveiling of the new Seven Stars Plaque
The invention of a new future

  • Fri. 3rd April – Nowtopia with Chris Carlsson on reinventing the future.
  • Mon. 20th April – Hillsborough: What Really Happened? with Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Just Campaign, David Goldblatt author of the best book about football ever written and Daniel Bennett eye-witness and barrister.
  • Fri. 1st May – Cry Freedom, Cry Seven Stars! The plaque in Celebration of Thomas Clarkson’s stay at this historic pub is finally unveiled.
  • Fri. 1st May – Wet The Plaque’s Head. A party to celebrate the unveiling of the new plaque.
  • Tue. 12th May – John Gregory, Radical Poet. An evening of readings from the works of Bristol’s Very own Victorian radical poet and cobbler.
  • Mon. 1st June – ‘The Enemy Within’: The Miners’ Strike1984-85. A panel discusion ascessing the strike’s history 25 years on.
  • Sun. 7th June – Welcome To A World Of Paine. A party to celebrate the life and ideas of Thomas Paine.
  • Mon. 8th June. – Who The Hell Was Thomas Paine. A talk to mark the 200th aniversary of Thomas Paine’s death.
  • Mon. 15th June – The Enemy Without: Coal, Class & Climate. A discussion considering the legacy of the miners’ strike 25 years ago.

Full details of these events can be found in the Spring 2009 Programme Page.

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