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

Date Time Title Details With Link
, 2008 Nowtopia Nowtopia: How pirate programmers, outlaw bicyclists, and guerilla gardeners are inventing the future today. Chris Carlsson, acclaimed author, activist and founder of the Critical Mass bicycling […] Chris Carlsson
, 2009 Hillsborough: What Really Happened? This April is the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough football disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans and injured hundreds more. Twenty years on, few people know what actually happened and the (now […] Sheila Coleman,
Daniel Bennett,
David Goldblatt
, 2009 Cry Freedom, Cry Seven Stars! During the Abolition bicentenary of 2007, Bristol Radical History Group commissioned a commemorative plaque to celebrate the anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson and the Bristol sailors who […] Richard Hart
, 2009 Wet The Plaque’s Head An evening celebration the new plaque featuring live music, poetry, beer and more... Featuring Tekla, Milo and The Shin Kicking Privateers.
, 2009 John Gregory, Radical Poet An evening of readings from the works of a lesser known Victorian radical poet and cobbler. Gerrard Sables
, 2009 ‘The Enemy Within’: The Miners’ Strike 1984-85 A panel discussion ascessing the strike's history 25 years on. Nicholas Jones,
Glen Burrows,
Dave Douglass
, 2009 Welcome To A World Of Paine A party to celebrate the life and ideas of Thomas Paine.
, 2009 Who The Hell Is Thomas Paine? A talk to mark the 200th aniversary of Thomas Paine's death. Peter Clark
, 2009 The Enemy Without: Coal, Class & Climate A discussion considering the legacy of the miners' strike 25 years ago. Robin S,
John Cunningham,
Emma Stone,
Tyrone O'Sullivan,
Will B
, 2009

Working Class Bookfair Two talks from BRHG. Where Now For The Left? The Land Is Your Land. Ian Bone,
Steve Mills
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