12 Communities 1 Bristol

A local oral history podcast by Marcus Smith with BCfm, Bristol’s Community Radio Station, in partnership with Bristol 24/7, Bristol Museums, Bristol Archives, UWE Bristol and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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The Docks, Ladies Rugby & Toxic Sneezing.   In this episode, we hear new and archival stories of the history of Avonmouth docks and beyond. We meet former tug-boat skipper Ernie Blake who worked i...
December 2, 2020
Gardening, positivity and making new friends.   In this episode, we meet Christine and Mike who have live in the area since the 1960s, chat with Jan Perry, who helps run the Bristol Aging Better proje...
November 25, 2020
Football, Workhouses & Eastville Park. In this episode, Dr Roger Ball, Matthew Billington and Joan Knight tell us about the old Eastville workhouse, the story of Frances Morley (also known as Blan...
November 18, 2020
The Hospital, Teddy Boys & High Class Laundry.   In this episode, we hear about the new-look and modern Southmead Hospital, and then from residents who moved into council housing in Southmead from...
November 11, 2020
Housing, Young Mums & Hunting in the Woods.   In this episode, residents talk about how Hillfields became the first council housing estate in Bristol. Jan, Anna and Terry tell us about the Hillfie...
November 4, 2020
Family, Trooper’s Hill & Money in Brown Paper Bags.   In this episode, we meet Roberto and Marco, who run Giacomo & Sons Barber Shop on Church Road, which was set up by their father who migrat...
October 28, 2020
Marcus Smith, the creator of the 12 Communities One Bristol podcast speaks to Chris Arnold on BBC Radio Bristol about the project and more!
October 27, 2020
Riots, Cigarettes & Eating Snails.   In this episode, local residents tell their side of the story about the Hartcliffe riots in the summer of 1992. We also meet Sue Walker who has worked as a coo...
October 21, 2020
Pubs, Community Action & Sheep in Nappies.   In this episode, Samuel, Maria and Jenny are three generations of the same family who have lived in Fishponds all of their lives. There are many tales ...
October 14, 2020
Diversity, Group Singing & Cat’s Graves.   In this episode, Karen, Harpul and Justin tell us about living and working on Hinton Road. We also learn about the history of the legendary local shop Sw...
October 7, 2020

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