What to see and do at Bristol Radical History Festival 2019

What to see and do at Bristol Radical History Festival 2019

Posted on: 03 Oct 2019

It’s back: on 12 October 2019, the festival celebrating all-things radical history returns to the M Shed. Even better, it’s completely free! 


In 2019, we celebrate the anniversary of a historically-significant year: 1919. Not only did 1919 endure the aftermath of WW1, it saw the emergence of new environmental movements.


This year, the Bristol Radical History Festival will explore both topics with discussions, walks, exhibitions and performances. We can’t wait!

This year’s chapter will take place at the M Shed.

Want to learn about those who came before Extinction Rebellion? At BRHF19, explore two centuries of green awareness, from the Romantic era to the early stages of industrial capitalism.


The festival will also cover the 20th Century’s most revolutionary moments from Bristol and beyond, including the ‘Year of Revolutions’ which took place right here in the South West.


With so much happening on the day, we’ve picked four things we think you should catch at this year’s festival. Let’s dive in.


Regional radical press in Britain 1968-88


This exhibition will allow you to find out how and why small, co-operatively produced newspapers played an important role in grassroots radical politics. Read copies and found out about the people who produced them on Level 2 of the M Shed. 


Black2Nature’s Mya-Rose Craig on the conservation sector: its foundations and its racism


Thoughts to inform environmentalism today: Mya-Rose will talk about the foundations of the conservation sector and how racism within it continues to this date. See the talk o Level 1 (Studio 2) at 11:30. 

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A people’s history of poetry


Fresh from the Fringe, Bristol-born Pete Bearder shares his thoughts on the radical history of performance poetry in this 30-minute talk. Catch this talk at 13:00 in Level 1's performance space. 


History walk: Romantic, Radical and Reactionary


Kicking off at 15:00, this one-hour walk will explore how ideas of the environment have evolved in the modern imagination. What can Bristol’s history tell us about environmental struggles? Find out with Molly Conisbee.

And loads more! 

There's a huge amount of exciting activities happening on 12 October. The festival will open at 10:00 and close at 16:30. Head to the website to check out the full festival schedule. 

The festival is free to attend, and has been organized by Bristol Radical History Group; a group opening up some of the ‘hidden’ history of Bristol and the West Country. Find out more here. 

Enjoy 2019's Bristol Radical History Festival on 12 October at the M Shed. The M Shed is located: Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN.

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Kate Hutchison


Kate Hutchison

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