Projects of the Regional History Centre

Recovering the regional radical press in Britain, 1968-1988

This project is co-ordinated by Phil Chamberlain (Journalism) and Professor Steve Poole (History). It seeks to recover the largely unrecorded regional and provincial network of radical news media that flourished between the Summer of Love and the resignation of Margaret Thatcher. Dozens of publications were produced, mostly by co-operatives of self-taught volunteers, writing, typing, designing and pasting up by hand and using new and affordable offset litho technology for printing.

Romancing the Gibbet: Public punishment and local memory in the Georgian West Country

This multi-media Being Human Festival event began with an illustrated talk by Professor Steve Poole on this and other crime scene executions in the West Country and concluded with a specially commissioned performance by poet Ralph Hoyte and artist Michael Fairfax involving poetry, sculpture, music, and sound installation. Their response to Walford's trial and public demise got to the very heart of what it is to be human in extraordinary circumstances.

‘A Forgotten Landscape’ project

A partnership of private and public organisations, including UWE Bristol’s Regional History Centre, has been granted £1,017,200 for the 3.5 year Landscape Partnership project, ‘A Forgotten Landscape’. The project aims to restore the heritage of part of the Lower Severn Vale Levels.

Ghosts in the Garden: REACT Heritage Sandbox

An innovative digital cultures research project bringing together historical interpretation and gameplay in Sydney Gardens, Bath.

Between the tides

Comparative arts and humanities approaches to living with(in) intertidal landscapes in UK and the Netherlands. Learning from those who live and work with complexity, change and fragility.

New approaches to the history of popular protest and resistance in Britain and Ireland, 1500-1900

A workshop and networking project partnered by the Regional History Centre.

Learning Ship

A collaborative project to create a 'learning ship' to take school-age young people onto the Avon and into the Bristol Channel.

Inundation: Drowned and Dammed Lands

The Regional History Centre is working with landscape artist Antony Lyons on an innovative international project exploring the history and heritage of submerged and threatened landscapes.

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