Bristol Radical History Festival

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Date: 12 October 2019
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
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Time: 10:30-16:30

An extensive programme of events organised by Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) and the Remembering the Real World War I Group (RRWWI), in collaboration with our hosts at M Shed.

The third Bristol Radical History Festival has a series of talks and panel discussions on two main themes: 1919: Year of Revolutions Green History and from 18th century roots to Extinction Rebellion. There are also walks, films, singing, a performance space with a puppet show, storytelling and poetry, and an exhibition space, as well as stalls with books and merchandise from local and national groups.

Level 2 features the Regional Radical Press exhibition, with highlights from UWE Bristol Regional History Centre's current project. The aftermath of the First World War was one of the most revolutionary moments in the twentieth century. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, there were revolutions and uprisings across Europe, in Germany and Hungary, and beyond, in Egypt and Mexico. In Ireland, 1919 would witness the establishment of a separatist parliament in Dublin, an escalation of guerrilla warfare and the establishment of a 'soviet' in opposition to British rule. In Britain, these were tumultuous times as thousands of rebellious troops returned from the front-line demanding immediate demobilisation, whilst mass strikes broke out on the railways and amongst miners and engineers threatening a syndicalist takeover. This year's festival will look at what happened, what was at stake and the legacy of the 'Year of Revolutions' in Bristol and beyond.

The second theme features the history of concern for the environment. We will cover more than two centuries, from origins of 'green' awareness during the Romantic era through to first-hand accounts from those who took part in late-twentieth-century activism and Black2Nature, who campaign for inclusion and ethnic diversity in environmentalism. How can green history inform present-day debates during the resurgence of environmental concern on the part of Extinction Rebellion, Youth Strike 4 Climate and Earth Strike?

Cost: Free
Contact: Stephen Hunt
Telephone: 01173 282401

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