46 episodes

A podcast dedicated to exploring various aspects of Bristol's history.

Bristol History Podcast Tom Brothwell

    • Education
    • 4.7, 31 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to exploring various aspects of Bristol's history.

    Episode 45 - The Bristol Bus Boycott

    Episode 45 - The Bristol Bus Boycott

    This week I met with Professor Madge Dresser to discuss the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott against the Bristol Omnibus Company over its racist employment policy was the first black-led protest against racial discrimination in post-war Britain. We explored race relations in Bristol around the time of the boycott, and why its legacy continues to resonate so strongly today.

    • 27 min
    Bonus Episode - Colston Falls

    Bonus Episode - Colston Falls

    A brief bonus podcast with some thoughts on the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston on Sunday 7 June 2020.

    • 5 min
    Episode 44 - 'Know Your Place' and Planning in Bristol

    Episode 44 - 'Know Your Place' and Planning in Bristol

    This week I spoke with Pete Insole, Historic Environment Officer for Bristol City Council, to discuss the historical mapping tool ‘Know Your Place’. We also talked about the historic development of Bristol and about planning the future of the city.

    • 33 min
    Episode 43 - Bristol and the 1918 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic

    Episode 43 - Bristol and the 1918 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic

    Arriving at the end of the First World War, the 1918 'Spanish' Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing between 40 and 200 million people worldwide. I spoke with journalist and historian Eugene Byrne - we discussed official strategies to combat the spread of the flu, as well as its local impact on Bristol.

    • 26 min
    Episode 42 - Witches and Witchcraft in the West Country

    Episode 42 - Witches and Witchcraft in the West Country

    This week I met with Mike Slater, West-Country Occult Historian, to discuss the history of witchcraft in the West Country. We spoke about the continuance of popular belief in magic, long after official witchcraft trials had ceased. We also explored 'witch scratching', the pernicious and long-lived idea that drawing a witch's blood would remove her curses.

    • 27 min
    Episode 41 - Graffiti and Street Art in Bristol

    Episode 41 - Graffiti and Street Art in Bristol

    Nowadays Bristol is internationally known as a centre of graffiti and street art culture. I met with John Nation - pioneer and promoter of graffiti culture and its artists since the early 1980s - to discuss how perceptions of the culture have changed. From being despised as 'vandalism' to hailed as a cultural export of the city, graffiti continues to elicit strong opinions, not least because it raises questions about who gets to have a say in the visual culture of the city.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

The Salty Kiss ,

Informative and accessible

I found out about this podcast through the one on Bristol Rugby Club, but having listened to that have thoroughly enjoyed various others and learnt a lot more about the city's history. It's all delivered in a clear and accessible manner.

AdrianCClark ,

A Civic Duty

Tom is performing a civic duty in this most edifying venture. Given its apparent economic and social flourishing Bristol is regaining some of its former status as the nation's second city (despite considerably smaller than other major conurbations). I have no doubt this is podcast will be a helpful resource to newcomers to our city as much as it is to me.

Frogtoadnewt ,

Great local history

This is a stellar history podcast. Fascinating subjects, well researched, great production. It deserves an audience outside Bristol and should be essential listening for any Bristolian history buffs.

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