Professor Anthony Hollander
As scientists, we're sometimes viewed as another species. I'm on a bit of a mission to break down that stereotype by showing that I'm a human being.
Know your Bristol, a partnership between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, aims to enable people to explore local history and culture through the eyes of the community. Through a series of events, co-designed with local community groups, memories of neighbourhoods and places of special importance can be captured. We invite members of the public to bring their own stories about each area, including family history and memories of the location. We also encourage people to bring along objects such as films, family photographs, and historical artefacts.
Digital images taken of the objects are helping to contribute to Bristol City Council's Know Your Place project. This is an open-access interactive map website where layers of historic maps are overlaid on the modern map of the city, allowing users to explore the historic landscape underneath their feet, and the evolution of their localities. Find out more about Know your Bristol through a short film created by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and on the project's blog.
The initial series of Know your Bristol events took place in 2012 and we have published a booklet highlighting just some of the amazing images and stories that we have collected - download the Know your Bristol booklet (PDF 1.5 MB).
The next set of Know your Bristol event, taking place in 2013, will explore different part of the city and the role of the community, both past and present. Details of these events are below:
Saturday 17 March, 1:30pm, Shirehampton Public Hall
Avonmouth and Shirehampton WWI Stories
During the First World War, Avonmouth and Shirehampton made a significant contribution to the national war effort. There are few visible remains of this heritage in the area, but have you found horse shoes or other artefacts in your garden? Share your stories with us and hear about the war horses of Shirehampton. For more details see Avonmouth and Shirehampton event page.
|Saturday 8 June, 12:00pm, Horfield Organic Community Orchard||
Do you love growing fruit? Do you have connections to orchards or market gardens in and around Bristol? Did you work at Long Ashton Research Station? Bring photographs, fruit-related objects and materials and share your experiences of growing fruit in allotments, gardens, and community projects. For more details see Orchard Roots event page.
|Saturday 29 June, 1:30pm, Avonmouth Community Centre||
Avonmouth WWI Stories
At the beginning of the First World War, Lord Kitchener visited Avonmouth and realised the strategic importance of its large modern docks, good railway links and nearby farmland. It became a military district and a site for munitions factories including mustard gas production. Following our successful event in Shirehampton in March, we are inviting people to bring their images, artefacts and stories from WWI in this area. For more details see Avonmouth WWI Stories event page.
Further information available from:
tel: +44 (0)117 33 18321
Part of the programme of public events.
Know your Bristol has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Connected Communities Programme, with additional funding for community partners from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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