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This is the people’s history of Bristol. Not the famous people because their stories are covered elsewhere. What I am interested in are the stories of the working class, the poor, the people trying to make ends meet and people at the margins of society. These people make up 99.9% of society but their stories are so often forgotten. My life’s work has been all about shining a light on the lives of these amazing people.

Royal Baking Powder and Schilling Food Coloring, early to mid 20th century, photographed at Edmonds Historical Museum, Edmonds, Washington, USA.

HENRY JONES of Bristol, Baker & Biscuit maker, 36-37 Broadmead – Can you help?

HENRY JONES of Bristol, Baker & Biscuit maker, 36-37 Broadmead, On 27 Sept 1845 Bristol Times contains this advert re Letters Patent for making bread with the addition of water only. Dear Bristol History,...

Uncovering the everyday stories of the people we must not forget

This was the headline of my article in Bristol Times (the local history supplement of Bristol Post) on 4 April 2023 “What are we going to do with all this stuff?” my son said...
9/11 Pic of my old TV on that terrible day

My Memories of 9/11

“Why didn’t they use their cell phones?” an American child is reported to have said recently at the 9/11 Memorial Exhibition in New York. A British boy or girl may have been equally baffled....

King Cholera in Bristol, 1832

Bristol was still reeling from the aftermath of the Reform Riots of 1831 with the condemned rioters in gaol awaiting their tragic fate, when a new peril appeared over the horizon: the Cholera Morbus,...

Bristol History – Celebrating the lives of ordinary people

This is the people’s history of Bristol. Not the famous people because their stories are covered elsewhere. What I am interested in are the stories of the working class, the poor, the people trying...