Tagged With

Bristol’s Black History

Find out about Bristol’s Black History with Bristol Museums. Who were the first Black people in Bristol? What are the city’s links to Somalia? What are the legacies of the Slave Trade?

Here you’ll find stories, blog posts and events from Bristol Museums related to Black History.

Story

Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The slave trade was part of the network of trade which existed between Britain, West Africa and the Caribbean. Between 1501 and 1866, over 12 million Africans are estimated to have been exported to the New World, around 2 million of whom probably died en route.

Story

Bristol’s Windrush Generation

‘Windrush’ is a term used to describe the mass migration of people invited from the Caribbean colonies into Great Britain, just after the Second World War.

Story

St Pauls Carnival

Bristol’s longest-running street festival is more than just a carnival. For many, it’s part of their very identity. How did St Pauls Carnival start? And what does it mean to those whose lives it has shaped?

Story

Blood on the Bricks: More than Colston?

Bristol’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and the great wealth acquired from it brings uncomfortable questions about how we deal with our city’s past. Tayo Lewin-Turner explores the stories that lurk behind some of the grand Georgian buildings in Bristol…

Story

Bristol’s Black History

Find out about Bristol’s Black History with Bristol Museums. Who were the first Black people in Bristol? What are the city’s links to Somalia? What are the legacies of the Slave Trade? We’re gathering stories and showcasing voices that a shine light on this often hidden part of Bristol’s past.

Story

The Bristol Bus Boycott

Racial discrimination was entirely legal in Britain right up to the late 1960s. The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 was the nation’s first black-led campaign against it. It marked a new chapter in the struggle for racial equality in Bristol and the UK.

Story

Somalis in Bristol

Somali is the third most commonly spoken language in Bristol. Around 20,000 people of Somali heritage live in the city. Where have we come from and why are we here?

Blog

One Vibration: Voices of St Pauls Carnival

by Finn White, Engagement Officer – Communities

A new M Shed display on Bristol’s greatest community festival
‘The people were like one vibration that day. Do you know what I mean?‘ –  Trini, project participant.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of…

Blog

Discover St Paul’s Black History in a storymap and walks

by Tanja Aminata Bah, MA curator-in-training at M Shed, Social History team

Always wanted to find out more about your local area?

Ever wondered where the Bamboo Club was or where the St Paul’s riots started?

St Paul’s is full of exciting st…