Journey to Justice national touring exhibition launch event

Date: 03 October 2017
Venue: Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ
Time: Arrive at 18:00

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Journey to Justice will be launching their national touring exhibition at Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday 3 October 2017.

As part of the exhibition Philippa Gregory - Historian, Writer and international number one bestselling author and Professor Robert Beckford - Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora, Theology and Religious Studies will be providing a Social Justice Address focusing on the US Civil Rights Movement.

The launch kicks off a month of events in the Bristol Cathedral and across the city which aims to inspire, educate and raise awareness of the power of campaigning for justice.


18:00 - Registration
18:15 - Addresses by Philippa Gregory and Professor Robert Beckford
19:15 - 20:30
- Preview of the exhibitions in the south aisle, Chapter House and cloister. Refreshments will be available.

Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels and is a recognised authority on women's history. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction.

Robert Beckford PhD is the professor of Religion and Culture in the African diaspora in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has written several books intersecting the fields of theology, popular culture and theology. Robert is also a BAFTA award winning documentary filmmaker, he has written and presented over 20 films.

About Journey to Justice Exhibitions at Bristol Cathedral

The exhibition focuses on the US Civil Rights Movement, telling the extraordinary story of some of the less well known women, men and children involved. It also refers to how it inspired campaigns in the UK at that time, such as the Bristol Bus Boycott.

The interactive display includes a jukebox playing freedom songs and a dynamic mix of photographs, text, music, audio-visual features, poetry, maps and installations. The exhibition uses personal stories to examine what inspires people to persevere in their quest for social justice.

Alongside the main exhibition will be panels which highlight moments in the vibrant history of Bristol activism past and present including:

  • A timeline of social justice campaigns in Bristol from the 1600s to the present day.
  • Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963 which paved the path for UK legislation on race equality.

  • Peaches Golding, a family's journey to Justice from slavery to human rights campaigning to England's first black High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant.

  • Refusing To Kill which makes links between the stand of Bristol's Conscientious Objectors, in World War 1 and current opposition to war.

This exhibition is just one of Journey to Justice's Bristol events taking place throughout the city in October 2017.

During October 2017 a full programme of events, workshops, guided interactive walks, performances and exhibitions will be taking place throughout Bristol on the theme of social justice in the city.

Visit Journey to Justice Bristol 2017 for more information and the full updated programme of events.

Most of Journey to Justice events and workshops will be open to the public for free, which means they need your help to make it happen. If you'd like to volunteer as a steward at the events, donate or help to organise an event, please get in touch with

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Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
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