14 August 2019

Summer walk: Riots, massacres and reform, 1700s-1832

This walk in the centre of Bristol takes us through a century of working class history.

We chart the path of the ‘crowd’ from the ‘moral economy’ of the 1700s, through the effects of the French Revolution, to the Reform protests and riots of 1831-32.

Come and find out:

  • Why Bristol merchants trembled if the Kingswood Colliers were in town
  • How best to do ‘collective bargaining by riot’
  • What happened during the infamous Bristol Bridge massacre
  • What a silver coin, some stolen hammers and a tricolour have to do with getting the vote
  • How to gatecrash a political rally, Bristol style

Start: Outside the Registry Office on Corn Street
End: M Shed

Led by Steve Mills and Roger Ball of Bristol Radical History Group.

The summer walks are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives