In the winter of 1968 Bristol students occupied Senate House for 10 days. Their demands included greater representation for student reps on University bodies and ‘reciprocal membership’ for all students in the city which would allow access, even for lowly polytechnic students, to the wonderful facilities of the newly opened University Students Union Building.

Two participants in the sit-in, Sue Tate and Kevin Whitston, will start this session with brief presentations before opening it out to questions and discussion. Sue will talk about the events and politics of the sit ins, the role of women (pre-the watershed moment of 70/71) and how participation and organisation worked. Kevin will reflect on his own journey through 1968 via student politics, including the sit-in, and what similar experiences might have meant for the evolution of the left.

 

University building with student occupation banners
Occupation of the University of Bristol’s Senate House in March 2018

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