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  • 1607: The Great Severn Estuary Flood

    Date: 15 November 2018
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Rose Hewlett (University of Bristol) will examine the flood of 1607, which is generally acknowledged to have been the greatest natural disaster to affect communities along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar programme.

  • The Wild Within: Animals, their People and the Making of Bristol Zoo, 1836-c.2000

    Date: 05 December 2018
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Dr Andy Flack (Teaching Fellow in Modern History at the University of Bristol) will look at Bristol Zoo's history, with a particular focus on some of Bristol's most famous animals and the people who occupied the zoo alongside them. He will consider the origins of Bristol's own 'living laboratory' and will also contend that Bristol's Zoo was made by the 'wild' animals within it. This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar programme.

  • Grounds for Grave Concern: Bristol Municipal Cemeteries Past, Present and Future

    Date: 17 January 2019
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Dr Helen Frisby (UWE Bristol) and Dr Stuart Prior (University of Bristol) will tell the multifaceted story of Bristol's municipal cemeteries past, present and future. As well as charting how Bristol has disposed of its dead in the past and nowadays, they will ask what the future might hold for our local cemeteries as our lifestyles and deathstyles continue to change. This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar programme.

  • There wasn't much to do...at least not here: Youthful leisure and identity in rural SW England in the early 20th century

    Date: 21 February 2019
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Dr Laura Harrison (UWE Bristol) will explore the leisure experiences of young people in rural communities, drawing upon evidence from personal accounts of growing up in the south west of England in the early twentieth century.This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme.

  • Victorian to present day Bristol in three dimensions

    Date: 21 March 2019
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Dr Bob Pryce will present some new 3D audio visual shows for the big screen, depicting Bristol's past and present with new stereo photographs of Bristol and Clifton related to Victorian views. This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme.

  • William Canynges, late merchant of Bristol: Constructing an After-life before Death

    Date: 18 April 2019
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Dr Clive Burgess (Royal Holloway, University of London) will discuss William Canynges (c.1402 – 1474), one of Bristol's most famous late medieval citizens, his association with John Carpenter, bishop of Worcester, and the devotional programme to which an eminent Bristolian might aspire both for the benefit of his soul and of the broader community. This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme.

  • From Carolina to Kingswood: Boston King's Story of Slavery, Salvation and Sedition in Eighteenth-Century Bristol

    Date: 16 May 2019
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Dr Ryan Hanley (University College, London) will discuss Kingswood School's unlikely place in black British history. Here, in 1794, a veteran from the losing side of the American Revolutionary War sat down to record his life story. Today, Boston King's memoir is regarded as one of the classic 'slave narratives' of the eighteenth century.This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme.

  • 'Homes for Heroes'? Bristol and the Housing and Town Planning Act, 1919

    Date: 20 June 2019
    Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

    Professor Peter Malpass (UWE Bristol) will set local housing policy and practice in the wider political context created by the first world war and the transition to peace, asking what happened to change the stance of a council that had previously displayed nothing but resistance to municipal housing provision?This event is part of the UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme.

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