Bristol Radical History Festival 2018

Building on the success of the 2017 Bristol Radical History Festival, M Shed and Bristol Radical History Group are excited to be hosting another event on Sunday May 6th 2018 with more talks, walks, performance and stalls.

Bristol Radical History Festival 2018 Poster Light


2018 marks the anniversaries of two of the most significant historical moments in the 20th Century.

The First World War ended in 1918. This centenary sees the Remembering the Real World War One group presenting recent research into the hidden histories of rebellious miners, mutinous soldiers and those on the run from conscription as well as examining how the war and its victims are physically memorialised.

May 2018 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the May 1968 events. These signalled the rise of the counter-culture and emergence of the new social movements that continue to define cultural and political debates. The Bread, Print and Roses Collective revisit 1968 in bringing together those ‘who were there’ to discuss what happened in Bristol, from university occupations, the founding of St Paul’s carnival and the underground music scene to the emergence of the women’s liberation movement and the struggles for workers’ control in the aerospace industry.

Evening Standard 1918May 1968 Poster


A series of history talks, films and panels are taking place in the meeting rooms  Studio 1 (World War One) and Studio 2 (1968) on Level 1 from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

A puppet show, story telling and poetry are taking place in the Life Gallery cinema space on Level 1 from 11.30am – 3.00pm.

An exhibition of international political posters from 1968 and the works of radical artist Dennis Gould along with poster and banner making workshops and other activities are situated on the foyer of Level 2.

History walks will be starting at Christchurch, Clifton at 11.00am and at M Shed at 11.30am and 4.30pm.

Bookstalls are situated on the foyer of Level 1.

Radical history videos relating to 1968 will be showing all day on the Level 1 foyer.

Travel to M Shed

By Car: Parking is available in the Wapping Wharf car park adjacent to M Shed (£4.50 for the whole day).

By Train: From Temple Meads station it is a 15 min walk to M Shed. If you fancy a scenic route by river, another option is to take the Bristol Ferry Service from Temple Meads to Prince St Bridge.

By Bus: It is a 15 min walk to M Shed from Bristol Bus Station.


Active DistributionBristol Kurdish Solidarity NetworkBRHGBristol Women’s VoiceCato PressDreadnought BookshopFiducia/Long John Silver TrustJust SeedsOur Chartist HeritagePast TensePeople’s Republic of Stoke’s CroftRadical StroudRRWWI GroupTangent Books • Unite Community • Unofficial Histories

Full Radical History Festival Programme

Note: events will be added to this list and there may be changes of times.

Date Time Title With

History Walk and Film: Painted out of history Lee Cox,
Hazel Gower

Studio 1: The Shot At Dawn Campaign: Rewriting History and Pardoning the Past Lois Bibbings

Studio 2: The Bristol Sit-in: Student protest and occupation in 1968 Sue Tate,
Kevin Whitston

Level 2: Exhibition : Dennis Gould’s art and memorabilia Dennis Gould

Level 2: Exhibition: Political posters of 1968

Level 2: Banner making: The Atelier Populaire: The Struggles Continue! bread, print & roses

Level 2: Poster making: make a print poster with Cato Press

History Walk 1 and Film: Painted out of history Lee Cox,
Hazel Gower

Studio 1: The Art of Remembrance, a Sculptors approach to War Commemoration Andy De Comyn

Studio 2: Women, politics and protest: Feminist perspectives on ‘68 Hilary Wainwright,
Sheila Rowbotham

Performance Space: Otherstory puppet show: On the Run Otherstory,
Lois Bibbings

History Walk 2: Bristol – Feeding the people Anny Cullum,
Steve Mills

Studio 1: Starting the flame: Agitators, Conchies and Miners in the Forest of Dean Ian Wright

Studio 2: From Festival to Carnival: 50 Years of St Paul’s Julz Davis,
Roy Hackett,
Rob Mitchell,
Cleo Lake

Performance Space: Story Telling: ‘The Dispossessed’ Heather Jane

Studio 1: Film Showing: Mutiny at Taranto Tony T,
Julian Putkowski

Studio 2: The Granary: Music in Bristol ‘68 Al Read (c1942- 2019),
Ed Newsom

Performance Space: May 1968: From a Mod to a Marxist Stuart Butler

Studio 2: What I remember…memories of 1968 Di Parkin

Studio 1: On the run – Remembering the men who went away Cyril Pearce

Studio 2: Strikes, equal pay and workers’ control: the workplace in ’68 Hilary Wainwright,
Roger Ball

Studio 1 & 2: Pressure Drop? What did the protests of ’68 achieve? Clive Bush

History Walk 3: Degrees of Dissent: Bristol’s radical educational history, and what we can do to take learning back… bread, print & roses
A4 Programme PDF
A4 Programme PDF

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