Bristol Radical History Festival – 2019

Saturday 12th October, 2019

Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) and the Remembering the Real World War I Group (RRWWI) have organised a full programme of events during the third Bristol Radical History Festival. Expect talks, walks, films, singing, a performance space with a puppet show, storytelling and poetry, and an exhibition space, as well as stalls with books and merchandise from local and national groups.

The 2019 festival has two main themes:

1919: Year of Revolutions
Green History: from 18th Century roots to Extinction Rebellion

The organisers explain that the aftermath of the First World War was one of the most revolutionary moments in the Twentieth Century.

Bristol Radical History Festival - 2019 - Flyer

Full details of the programme can be found by clicking on this image.

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Film Showing: “Tony Benn’s Defining Moments”

Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) are presenting
Film: Tony Benn’s Defining Moments
introduced by the film’s producer David Parker.


Date: Monday 8th January 2018 8:00 pm
The Cube, Dove Street South,
Bristol, BS2 8JD
Price: £5/£4

For trade unionists Tony Benn was a champion of working people campaigning for trade union rights and trade union freedoms. He was at the fore-front of the campaigns to oppose all anti-union laws as well as promoting and defending collective bargaining.

For many years he served as Vice-President of the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom having been a long time supporter of the fore runner organisations, The Campaign To Repeal the Anti–Union Laws and the Liasion Committee For The Defence Of Trade Unions.

Bristol Trades Union Council is sure that this film will encourage those that see it to get involved in the battles that are to come in 2018.

More information about the film showing can be found here Tony Benn’s Defining Moments

Film Showing: “Battle Of The Somme”

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Sunday 3rd July 2016, 1.00pm
Watershed, 1 Canons Road,
Bristol, BS1 5TX

To mark the centenary of the battle, Bristol Remembering The Real World War One, Bristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol 2014 – in association with Watershed – are presenting the film accompanied by the distinguished pianist Stephen Horne. He will give a short introduction and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Professor David Miller (Professor Of Sociology, University of Bath), Humberto Perez-Blanco (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, UWE) and June Hannam (Professor Emeritus of Modern British History, UWE) chaired by Andrew Kelly (Bristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol 2014).

More information about the film showing can be found here Film Showing: “Battle Of The Somme”

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Smoke, Gas, Strikes, Metal And Slums

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Sunday July 10th, 11.00am
Start (and finish): Temple Meads Station forecourt

On 1st November 1916, Alfred Jefferies was shot at dawn on the Western Front for desertion. Join this two-hour walk through St Philips and The Dings where Jefferies and his family lived and worked, including his brother Arthur who as killed on the Somme. Learn about smoke, gas, strikes, metal and slums – the forgotten industries, back streets, schools and social history of Bristol in the early 1900s.

More information about the meeting can be found here Smoke, Gas, Strikes, Metal And Slums

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Slaughter No Remedy

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Sunday June 26th, 2.00pm
Bristol Register Office, Corn Street, BS1 1JG

Exactly 100 years on and in the same room where it took place, a re-enactment of the controntation between Walter Ayles, Bristol’s leading opponent of conscription and World War One, and Lieutenant-Colonel Burges, first commanding officer of Bristol’s Own, at a Military Service Tribunal.

More information about the re-enactment can be found here Slaughter No Remedy

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Discovering British 1914-1918 War Resisters – hoped for outcomes and challenging surprises

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Monday June 20th, 7.30pm
Central Quaker Meeting House,
Champion Square, Bristol, BS2 9DB

Hear Cyril Pearce, Britain’s foremost researcher into World War 1 conscientious objectors and war resisters, talk about his research, including stories of Bristol people who opposed the war.

More information about the meeting can be found here Discovering British 1914-1918 War Resisters

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