Bristol Radical History Week 2006:
28th October - 5th November
32 Events, Over 9 Days at 7 Venues
Lectures, Debates, Films, Gigs, Walks & Art
Bristol Radical History Week 2006 was a series of events aimed at opening up to public scrutiny some of the hidden and misrepresented history of Bristol. Rather then concentrating on royals, famous engineers or wealthy merchants, Bristol Radical History Week was concerned with the proper people of Bristol. The mass of sometime rebellious and mutinous people who had their own agendas to fulfil.
The week also looked at the links to people who were drawn into the network of Atlantic trading that centred on Bristol as a port. These are the impressed sailors, West African slaves, transported vagrants, indentured labourers and pirates amongst others, who made up what has recently been called the 'Atlantic Proletariat'.
The week featured the following events:
- Public commemorations with speeches, celebrations and re-enactments.
- A series of public lectures and debates based upon the following agenda…
- The Atlantic Slave Trade: Resistance and Rebellion
- Insurrectionary Bristol
- Bristol and the Revolutionary Atlantic
- Religious Radicals
- Radical Bristol: 1790s
- A film festival featuring works relevant to the themes of the week.
- An exhibition of paintings, prints and artifacts.
- History walks charting the 'hidden' history of the city.
- Children's events featuring films, walks and painting.
- The full programme of events
- See the publicity material from BRHW 2006
- A breakdown of the themes of BRHW 2006
- Read our write-up of the week here
- Read our final report here