As you can guess, from the fact I make podcasts, I really love the medium, and one of the ones I enjoy is the Bristol History Podcast.
This has been created by Tom Brothwell, and he interviews different historians and authors to cover a wide range of different subjects that he’s interested in, and wants to find out more about. We sat down to talk about why he started, his approaches to history, and lots more, including some of the history about the River Avon.
Some of the Bristol History Podcasts we talked about include:
- The Eastville Workhouse and Bristol Radical History Groups’ work uncovering and memorialising the mass grave on Rosemary Green, with Roger Ball
- Tom’s thought-piece on re-naming the Colston Hall, which is one of my favourites of his podcasts. Of course, this includes a lot about TransAtlantic slavery and Bristol, and Tom’s podcast about that is here.
- Trip hop and the Bristol sound
- The interview with Madge Dresser about Women and Bristol
- The history of Bristol’s West Indian community – how they came to the city, and what happened next, with Edson Burton
- The two part podcast on civil disturbance and riots – part 1 and part 2
- The podcast with Steve Poole about Bristol in the 18th Century, including the ideas about what being Bristolian meant in the time
- The interview with writer Oliver Rigby about his children’s book, The Bristol Giants
You can find the full lists of the Bristol History Podcast episodes on Soundcloud, and you can sign up to the podcast to get all the episodes as they’re released, on iTunes. There’s also a facebook group for the podcast, and if you’d like to send Tom any suggestions for future episodes, you can contact him at BristolHistoryPodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.