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Bristol History Podcast

Tom Brothwell

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Bristol History Podcast

Bristol History Podcast

Tom Brothwell

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

Latest Episodes

Episode 39 - Election Special: Polling Day in 18th Century Bristol

As we approach December's election, the Bristol History Podcast asks: how did we get here? To this end I spoke with UWE Professor of History and Heritage Steve Poole about what elections in Bristol looked like some 300 years ago.

25 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Episode 39 - Election Special: Polling Day in 18th Century Bristol

Episode 38 - Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country

History of the late medieval and early modern periods has tended to focus on a small number of people who have left a big dent on the historical record: kings and queens, statesmen and landowners. Most people could tell you something about Henry VIII's wives or his eating habits - but how much do we know about what life was like for the ordinary men and women living under his rule? This week I met with Dr Mark Hailwood - Lecturer in History at the University of Bristol – to discuss what everyday life was like in the rural west country in the late medieval and early modern periods.

44 MIN2019 OCT 7
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Episode 38 - Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country

Episode 37 - Natural History of the West Country

This week I met with Joe McSorley of the Avon Wildlife Trust to discuss the natural history of the West Country - from the earliest existing records of animal and plant life in the area, through the ramblings of Victorian naturalists, to today's systematic collection of scientific data. We also charted changing popular attitudes towards the natural world, the rise of the idea of conservation, and what we can do do arrest the alarming decline in species numbers in recent decades.

35 MIN2019 JUN 12
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Episode 37 - Natural History of the West Country

Episode 36 - Bristol University and its Historians

This week I met with Dr. John Reeks to discuss Bristol University and its historians. The university was founded in 1909 and dominates much of the landscape of the centre of the city, with almost 24,000 students enrolled in degree courses. We discussed the history of university and the work of some of the most illustrious historians produced by the institution.

42 MIN2019 APR 29
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Episode 36 - Bristol University and its Historians

Episode 35 - Bristol's Overseas Trade

Bristol was born as a trading hub, and for the best part of a millennium its identity has been bound up with its status as a centre for both national and international trade. I met with Dr Richard Stone, Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History at Bristol University, to discuss the history of Bristol's overseas trade, from its foundation to the present day.

33 MIN2019 MAR 25
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Episode 35 - Bristol's Overseas Trade

Episode 34 - Melissa Chemam in Conversation

This week I met with author and journalist Melissa Chemam to discuss her book 'Out of the Comfort Zone: From Bristol to Massive Attack.' Melissa looks to Bristol's social and political history as a way of understanding its artistic output. We talked about the culture that spawned the music of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, as well as the street art of Banksy.

37 MIN2019 FEB 18
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Episode 34 - Melissa Chemam in Conversation

Episode 33 - Concorde

This week I met with Dr. Keith McLoughlin of Bristol University to discuss the remarkable story of Concorde - the first supersonic passenger aircraft. We discussed the postwar origins of the project; difficulties with financing in the 60s and 70s; and why Concorde retains such a hold over the public imagination today, more than fifteen years on from its final flight.

39 MIN2019 JAN 28
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Episode 33 - Concorde

Episode 32 - Benjamin Dickson in Conversation

This week I met with Bristol-based author and artist Benjamin Dickson to discuss his graphic novel 'A New Jerusalem' - a moving and stark tale of a family struggling to come to terms with life following the end of the Second World War. We discussed (among other things) the bombing of Bristol during the war, post-traumatic stress disorder and the birth of the welfare state in 1945.

34 MIN2018 DEC 17
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Episode 32 - Benjamin Dickson in Conversation

Episode 31 - Bristol Rugby Club

This week I met with Bristol Bears' Club Historian (and verified superfan) Mark Hoskins to talk all things Bristol Rugby. We discussed the evolution of the club from its origins in the late-Victorian era and its role in the community during the World Wars, through to the pioneering captaincy of John Blake in the 1950s and the club's eventual adaptation to the age of professionalism.

40 MIN2018 NOV 15
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Episode 31 - Bristol Rugby Club

Episode 30 - Bristol's Public Memory of Slavery

This week I met with Dr. Jessica Moody of Bristol University to discuss the ways in which Bristol has publicly addressed its involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. We touched on methods of commemoration (using Liverpool as a point of comparison)and explored some of the reasons behind Bristol's changing attitude towards her slaving past.

43 MIN2018 SEP 24
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Episode 30 - Bristol's Public Memory of Slavery

Latest Episodes

Episode 39 - Election Special: Polling Day in 18th Century Bristol

As we approach December's election, the Bristol History Podcast asks: how did we get here? To this end I spoke with UWE Professor of History and Heritage Steve Poole about what elections in Bristol looked like some 300 years ago.

25 MIN2019 NOV 25
Comments
Episode 39 - Election Special: Polling Day in 18th Century Bristol

Episode 38 - Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country

History of the late medieval and early modern periods has tended to focus on a small number of people who have left a big dent on the historical record: kings and queens, statesmen and landowners. Most people could tell you something about Henry VIII's wives or his eating habits - but how much do we know about what life was like for the ordinary men and women living under his rule? This week I met with Dr Mark Hailwood - Lecturer in History at the University of Bristol – to discuss what everyday life was like in the rural west country in the late medieval and early modern periods.

44 MIN2019 OCT 7
Comments
Episode 38 - Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country

Episode 37 - Natural History of the West Country

This week I met with Joe McSorley of the Avon Wildlife Trust to discuss the natural history of the West Country - from the earliest existing records of animal and plant life in the area, through the ramblings of Victorian naturalists, to today's systematic collection of scientific data. We also charted changing popular attitudes towards the natural world, the rise of the idea of conservation, and what we can do do arrest the alarming decline in species numbers in recent decades.

35 MIN2019 JUN 12
Comments
Episode 37 - Natural History of the West Country

Episode 36 - Bristol University and its Historians

This week I met with Dr. John Reeks to discuss Bristol University and its historians. The university was founded in 1909 and dominates much of the landscape of the centre of the city, with almost 24,000 students enrolled in degree courses. We discussed the history of university and the work of some of the most illustrious historians produced by the institution.

42 MIN2019 APR 29
Comments
Episode 36 - Bristol University and its Historians

Episode 35 - Bristol's Overseas Trade

Bristol was born as a trading hub, and for the best part of a millennium its identity has been bound up with its status as a centre for both national and international trade. I met with Dr Richard Stone, Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History at Bristol University, to discuss the history of Bristol's overseas trade, from its foundation to the present day.

33 MIN2019 MAR 25
Comments
Episode 35 - Bristol's Overseas Trade

Episode 34 - Melissa Chemam in Conversation

This week I met with author and journalist Melissa Chemam to discuss her book 'Out of the Comfort Zone: From Bristol to Massive Attack.' Melissa looks to Bristol's social and political history as a way of understanding its artistic output. We talked about the culture that spawned the music of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, as well as the street art of Banksy.

37 MIN2019 FEB 18
Comments
Episode 34 - Melissa Chemam in Conversation

Episode 33 - Concorde

This week I met with Dr. Keith McLoughlin of Bristol University to discuss the remarkable story of Concorde - the first supersonic passenger aircraft. We discussed the postwar origins of the project; difficulties with financing in the 60s and 70s; and why Concorde retains such a hold over the public imagination today, more than fifteen years on from its final flight.

39 MIN2019 JAN 28
Comments
Episode 33 - Concorde

Episode 32 - Benjamin Dickson in Conversation

This week I met with Bristol-based author and artist Benjamin Dickson to discuss his graphic novel 'A New Jerusalem' - a moving and stark tale of a family struggling to come to terms with life following the end of the Second World War. We discussed (among other things) the bombing of Bristol during the war, post-traumatic stress disorder and the birth of the welfare state in 1945.

34 MIN2018 DEC 17
Comments
Episode 32 - Benjamin Dickson in Conversation

Episode 31 - Bristol Rugby Club

This week I met with Bristol Bears' Club Historian (and verified superfan) Mark Hoskins to talk all things Bristol Rugby. We discussed the evolution of the club from its origins in the late-Victorian era and its role in the community during the World Wars, through to the pioneering captaincy of John Blake in the 1950s and the club's eventual adaptation to the age of professionalism.

40 MIN2018 NOV 15
Comments
Episode 31 - Bristol Rugby Club

Episode 30 - Bristol's Public Memory of Slavery

This week I met with Dr. Jessica Moody of Bristol University to discuss the ways in which Bristol has publicly addressed its involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. We touched on methods of commemoration (using Liverpool as a point of comparison)and explored some of the reasons behind Bristol's changing attitude towards her slaving past.

43 MIN2018 SEP 24
Comments
Episode 30 - Bristol's Public Memory of Slavery
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