We request your attendance at the Ball to be held upon the First of November. The Ball will be an amusing Masque Ball, but without masques. How could the idea of such an evening of paradox be entertained? Pray, read on, after a perusal of some of our possible ports of read more
A message from Richard White: ‘Greetings walkers! I am planning to do the next walk out experiment on Sunday 1 November. Again exploring ideas of enchantment and disenchantment as we walk out of Bath passing the homes of former slave-owners. Continuing to think ho read more
‘The stately homes of England How beautiful they stand To prove the upper classes Still have the upper hand’ Forget the satire contained within the lyrics of the song as a whole, These four lines contain the quintessential cultural messages About being born to rule, Abo read more
A note from Richard White on the first Bath Slavery Walk, Sunday October 4th: ‘A quick shout out to you all to say that today’s little experiment went well. We didnt knock on any doors but there was the beginnings of an improvised ritual as far as the slaveo read more
A calm, windless, nimbus sort of day, When a Bristol slaver would have made slow progress across the Atlantic, But with sharks still following in a wake of hopeful expectation (A slow rate of knots could mean eventual rich pickings, As food and fresh water supplies ran read more
A message from Richard White: This walk will mash a National Trust walk with some of the data from the Legacy of Slavery database plus anything else anyone contributes! Hope you can make it and do share with anyone you think may be interested. This is the beginning of read more
The Queen, the Reign, the City, Slavery, Memorialisation I awoke to Pomp and Circumstance on the radio, All Last Night of the Proms, Land of Hope and Glory, The co-option of William Blake and Jerusalem; John Major chosen to inform us That the nation instinctively turns read more
I’ll leave it to your judgement as to whether you wish to be there on Sunday – but I will repeat the walk in the autumn/early winter, and I will be there on Sunday at 11.
In a lot of ways, the fact that the half-marathon is going on will make the walk even more memorable: the interplay between past and present; the strange juxtapositions of so many things, and the unfortunate ironies that we shall encounter in the streets.
Slavery: A Narrative Parte the Firste: a Bristol Tavern 1691 ‘I was there, sir, when Hanging Judge Jefferys did turn upon the Lord Mayor of Bristol, And did force him into the prisoner’s dock, And did harangue him as a kidnapper Who profited thereby from transportation read more
Representations of Slavery in Bristol’s Streets: Walking the Bristol Slavery Trail To do this walk with a mine of information, make sure you buy or borrow a copy of SLAVE TRADE TRAIL around central BRISTOL 1998 £2.95 ISBN 0 900199 42 3. Madge Dresser, Caletta Jordan, Do read more