Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

A one-day workshop at the Council House, Bristol Saturday 27th November 2010 10:30am–5:00pm This workshop examines the dispersal of compensation money paid to slave-owners following the abolition of slavery in 1833 and explores the ways in which the money was used by beneficiaries in the South West and South Wales as it shaped economic, social, cultural and political life over the next fifty years. Speakers include: Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Nick Draper (UCL) - Legacies of British […]

Hands Off Our Forest

Hands Off Our Forest is an organisation dedicated to fighting the threatened privatisation of the Forest of Dean. They have a new website that will contain information about meetings and rallies if you want to get involved. The address is: Hands Off Our Forest - an organisation dedicated to fighting the threatened privatisation of the Forest of Dean.A full web site will be published in the next few days but meanwhile for further information, to offer your support and help and for news of planned […]

Swing Walk By John Owen Smith

The Anniversary Rioters' Walk­ Exactly 180 years after the rioters did it a guided walk from Selborne to Headley and back again ­ distance approximately 7 miles out and 7 miles back. Tuesday 23rd November 2010 starting at 10am We plan to walk from Selborne to Headley, from the car park behind the Selborne Arms and finishing at the Holly Bush in Headley. Distance approx 7 miles, some of them muddy. Should arrive in time for a pub lunch. Please contact me <; for further information. In 1830, a […]

Sex and Docks and Rock and Roll

£10; £9 conc; £8 BAC & TUC members A musical comedy Written by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley Directed by Rod Dixon Set in 1960’s Liverpool during a dockworkers and seafarers strike the play looks and laughs at this changing world through the microcosm of one terraced house where the TV does battle with the upright piano. Against a backdrop of picketing, marches and jailings, the McDermotts fight, laugh, lie and sing their way through these challenging times fuelled by home-brewed banana beer […]

LGBT History of Bristol

I'm a historian and part of a group called LGBT History of Bristol. I have developed a walk covering sites of lesbian, gay and transgender history around the centre of Bristol, and I'm planning to run the walk for the third time) on Sunday February 27 2011, as part of LGBT History month.The walk last between 1.5 and 2 hours, and covers many of stories and periods, from the 18th century onwards, including male and female protagonists, some suffragette history and Bristol's role at a remarkably […]

West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network

University of the West of England, St Matthias Campus, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2JP, 10.am-1pm Room M030 Saturday Dec 4th 2010 A study day open to all members of the network and anyone interested in women's or gender history Whose history? Women’s political activism in the 20th century. Speakers: June Hannam (UWE), Writing women into Labour Party history : post-war autobiographical writings of women activists Elaine Titcombe (UWE), Rewriting Greenham’s History: women activists and the cold war […]

Hands Off Our Forest

FORESTERS have sprung into action in united opposition to what they believe will be a sell-off of public forests in England, including parts of the Dean. Action got underway following the government’s announcement last Friday (October 29) that it is committed to: “Fundamentally reform the public forestry estate, with diminishing public ownership and a greater role for private and civil society partners.” Political leaders in the Forest unanimously welcomed the announcement. Forest MP, Mark […]

Skimmity Hitchers Gig

Skimmity Hitchers (AKA Quiffey’s new band) Day: Tuesday 9th November Time: 8:30ish Venue: The Seven Stars, Thomas Lane, BS1 6JG Cost: Your soul There was a time when the naughty little Quiffey boy was in a band called Who’s A’feared. Well they are no more but the quiff would not lie flat and so a new band the Skimmity Hitchers have been formed to continue the Dorset toss. Or as the Quiffmiester himself puts it: Back at last to one of Bristol’s finest and most historical boozers, we hope to […]

The 1970s – New Events Announced

The programme of events for Bristol Radical History Group's The 1970s - Life Before Thatcher has been released. From Dagenham to Grunwick, Glam to Punk and Wilson to Thatcher. Talks, films and music, 13 free events between Sunday 14th November and Tuesday 7th December 2010. "Make Them Grovel": The 1976 West Indies Cricket Tour From The Ford Workers’ Group to Made In Dagenham The Asian Youth Movement Grunwick: The End Of An Era? Spies, Lies And The Coup: State Repression In The 70s Cry Freedom […]

Sober Living For The Revolution

Date: Tuesday 26th October Venue: The Hatchet (upstairs), 27 Frogmore St. BS1 5NA Time: 7:30pm Price: Free/Donation Speakers: Gabriel Kuhn. 'Straight edge' has persisted as a drug-free, hardcore punk subculture for 25 years. Its political legacy remains ambiguous and it is often associated with self-righteous macho posturing and conservative Puritanism. While certain elements of straight edge culture feed into such perception, the cultureʼs political history is far more complex. Since straight […]

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