In 1809 Bristol was transformed by the opening of the Floating Harbour. 80 acres of tidal river was impounded to allow visiting ships to remain afloat all the time. Over the next two centuries the Harbour grew as a busy commercial port until it closed in 1975. Since then, it has been regenerated for leisure, commerce and residential use. The images in this calendar help to tell some of the stories of Bristol’s Historic Harbourside over the centuries.
An introduction to the variety of geology in the local region. Showcasing the information held on geological sites at BRERC, and the work of many local experts. Includes information on the many local groups and organisations for people with a common interest in geology.
Bristol Music: Seven Decades Of Sound, accompanies the 2018 exhibition of the same name at M Shed, Bristol.
Compiled by Bristol music expert Richard Jones, it is an essential guide to Bristol music with a timeline of the key moments in the city’s music history from 1955 to the present day. It includes profiles of almost 100 bands, musicians, DJs and producers who have made a significant impact on the sound of the city from Russ Conway to Massive Attack.
The book also features images of artefacts from the M Shed exhibition and a Top 40 of the most significant tracks from artists as diverse as Black Roots to Fred Wedlock.
“There aren’t many people that can say they were world famous within hours of being born”Louise Brown
Special 40th anniversary edition of My life as the world’s first test-tube baby.
At 11.47pm on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown was the first person ever to be born through science rather than as the result of two people having sex. The birth was hailed as a “miracle” by the world’s media, making her instantly famous.
Harry Dolman OBE rose from humble rural roots in Wiltshire to become a multi-millionaire, thanks to his fantastic inventions, draughtsmanship and engineering skills. He loved football and his business success led him to Bristol City Football Club where, during 38 years, he became director, chairman and president.
Children who were orphaned, destitute, abandoned and living, and sometimes dying, on the streets of Bristol were a common sight in Victorian times. The lucky ones were fed, clothed, educated and taught skills by church and charitable organisations, workhouses, reformatories and industrial schools.
This is the story of the modern Matthew – one of the most iconic symbols of Bristol’s age of discovery, and of its trading and seafaring heritage. She’s a faithful representation of the ship used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497.
‘Medieval market,’ ‘bustling High Street’, ‘wild west’, ‘a wasteland’, ‘massage parlours’, ‘gay area’, ‘up and coming.’ Old Market conjures a myriad of conflicting associations in the minds of Bristolians. There is some truth to all these associations. They reveal the story of Old Market’s brightest hour as part of Bristol’s shopping Golden Mile, the riotous inter war years, the impact of war, post war decline brought on by the redevelopment of the city centre, and revival as Bristol’s gay quarter.
In 1914 a 30-acre site in Bristol, between Ashton Gate and Cumberland Basin was transformed into the Bristol International Exhibition.
It was an optimistic celebration of the achievements of Britain’s empire and dominions, half trade fair half theme park with a roller-coaster ride, daily pageants and even a troupe of lions.
Due to run from May to October the ambitious project included as replica of Bristol Castle, a mock-up of Shakespeare’s England, Drake’s ship Revenge and a series of giant white pavilions all constructed within the space of 10 weeks.
There have been Thatchers in northern Somerset since at least 1806 and we know that by 1878 Benjamin Thatcher of Upper Langford was advertising his Prime new cider at 30 shillings per hogshead.
James Russell traces the history of Thatchers cidermaking from those beginnings to the present day. The modern generation of Thatchers have established themselves as leading family cidermakers with a reputation for producing a wide range of ciders of the highest quality and for breaking new ground in the development of orchards while caring for the land that produces the finest cider apples in the world.
Photographer Neil Phillips has been capturing images of Thatchers cidermaking for many years and this book is a showcase for his fantastic pictures as he documents the orchard and cidermaking year, the traditions and innovations, and goes behind the scenes at Myrtle Farm, Sandford to produce this unique body of work.