In Nautical Women, Rosemary Caldicott explores the stories of women whose lives were inextricably linked to the sea. She tells of the women of sailortowns struggling to keep out of the dreaded workhouse and resisting the prowling press gangs; and of the courageous and skilful cross-dressing women sailors who went to extraordinary lengths to hide their gender. We learn about these women’s motivation as well as their adventures and inevitable exposure. Rosemary Caldicott also considers the fate of […]
Booksellers will include Bristol Books, Bygone Bristol, Redcliffe Press, the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group and Tangent Books, several independent authors – and more. 10am-1pm Family history advice from the Bristol & Avon Family History Society 1.30pm – Bristol: the City at War, 1914-1918 (Eugene Byrne, co-author of ‘Bravo Bristol!’) As a major British city and port, Bristol played a key role in the First World War. Join Eugene for stories of Bristolians on the battlefield, on […]
Following our Sunday extravaganza with Gideon Defoe and Aardman, Mark Steeds (Long John Silver Trust) and members of Bristol Radical History Group debate with the academics to thrash out the reality and defend the tales. Tickets and further details for these events are available at:
At The MShed Pirates and adventurers take over the Harbourside to tell us who they were, what they did and why. The author and the film-maker arrive by ship to the MShed to show us how they turned a cracking, madcap novel into a blockbuster Aardman film, with BBC Bristol’s Steve Yabsley as your host. Have your books signed by Gideon Defoe who wrote the novel and Peter Lord who crafted it into the famous stop-start Aardman animation.
No Quarter is an excellent zine from Calgary, Canada that explores radical history and its connections to a radical present from an anarchist perspective and from outside the academy. It is an unusual and innovative use of the 'zine' medium to investigate hidden history. Past topics have included radical pirates, social banditry, anarchist illegalism, the English revolution and millenarian revolt. There are extensive booklists with numerous quality reviews by the author. BRHG highly reccommend […]
Tour the pirate landmarks of Bristol Harbour in the company of historian Mark Steeds and the cider-fuelled Surfin' Turnips. Each tour lasts one hour.
Join Jess Paul and Martin Maudsley for stories about smugglers and pirates. AAAARRR! Kids (and adults) are weclome to come in fancy dress. Please can adults accompany children as this is event is not a creche facility.
The Real Pirates Of The Caribbean - Marcus Rediker Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and the author of The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea : Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750, Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age and this year The Slave Ship: A Human History. Marcus Rediker explores the 'Golden Age' of […]