Bristol Radical History Festival
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Date(s) - Sun 17 September
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

M Shed



Bristol Radical History and the Remembering the Real World War groups are teaming up to bring you the Bristol Radical History Festival on Sunday 17th September (10.30am – 4.30pm) at M SHED.

Bristol Radical History Festival brings together history groups, publishers and the public for a day of talks, walks, performance, films, bookstalls and displays uncovering radical histories in Bristol, the South West and beyond.

From mutinous Bristolian soldiers to rebellious anarchist women, from Bristol’s underground network of war resistors to its rioters of 1831 we promise a ‘history-from-below’ approach, with speakers eager to share authentic glimpses of a hitherto undocumented past.

Two important anniversaries are also being celebrated at the Radical History Festival. It is 800 years since the Charter of the Forest was signed granting rights, privileges and protections for the commoner, something which has been central to recent and past struggles to protect the nearby Forest of Dean. It is also 50 years since the ground-breaking History Workshop project was founded, aimed at breaking down barriers between universities and local historians and researching working class ‘history from below’.

A series of history talks are taking place in Studio 1 and 2 on Level 1.

Puppet shows, films and plays are taking place in the Gallery on Level 1.

History walks will be starting and ending at M Shed.

Twenty five bookstalls and displays are situated on Levels 1 and 2.

See the Bristol Radical History Group website for the full programme:
Further information about the venue and this event are available here: