Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice Bristol

Bristol is proud to host the Journey to Justice travelling exhibition alongside a host of city-wide events this coming October 2017.

We have been working with a wide range of community groups, public organisations volunteers and supporters in Bristol who share our commitment to honour the history of social justice. Our aim is to inspire everyone to learn from the past in order to fight for their rights now and in the future.

To highlight past and present struggles for social justice, a full programme of exciting and innovative exhibitions, arts events, public debates, historic walking tours, training programmes, practical workshops and installations will be held across the city during October. We’re also co-producing with Stokes Croft China and local artists a commemorative range of mugs featuring 12 of Bristol’s social justice campaigners over the past 300 years.

Everyone is welcome to the events, many of which are free. Don’t miss the ‘Hands Across the City’ solidarity march on 29th October, which coincides with a march across the Tyne on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle.



4th – 29th October  Journey to Justice exhibition

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ
Mon – Fri 08:00 – 16:30, Sat/Sun 08:00 – 15:30, evenings TBC

The travelling exhibition on the US civil rights movement tells the extraordinary story of some of the less well-known women, men and children involved, its music and its links to the UK. It questions: What it is that makes a human rights movement succeed? How can choices made by ordinary people lead to significant social and political change?

 Journey to Justice Bristol exhibition also on display includes:

- A timeline of Bristol’s long and vibrant history of social activism and social justice to the present day.

- Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963 which paved the path for UK legislation on race equality.

- Peaches Golding, a family’s journey to Justice – from slavery to human rights campaigning to England’s first black High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant.

- Refusing To Kill – Bristol’s WWI conscientious objectors.


We are in the process of organising school and community visits to the exhibition at Bristol Cathedral, including intergenerational guided tours of the exhibition. If your school is interested please get in touch.


2nd – 29th October ‘Outstories’ the history of Bristol’s LGBT community exhibition

Central Library Foyer, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL
library opening times

Revealing individual stories of persecution, discrimination and LGBT rights campaigning in Bristol through the ages. Find out more about OutStories Bristol




2nd – 29th October  The Fight For Rights Exhibition

Central Reference Library, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL
library opening times

The local journey; from anti slavery to civil rights and equality is featuring here in seldom seen material from Bristol Central Library’s world class historic collection.




4th October  Peaches Golding OBE in Conversation with Dr. Madge Dresser

M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Peaches Golding is descended from both enslaved Africans and Slave Owners and her father won a case against segregation on the buses in the deep South 10 years before Rosa Parks. Peaches recounts her family history and her own personal journey to become England’s first Black High Sheriff and the nation’s first Black Lord Lieutenant. Excerpts from a film made specially for Journey to Justice about Peaches by City of Bristol College students will also be featured.

Find out more and book



4th – 5th October  Daughters of Igbo Woman, untold stories of  The Georgian House

The Bearpit, St. James Barton Roundabout, Bristol BS1 3LY
17:00 – 19:00

Marking 250 years anniversary of Frances (Fanny) Coker’s birth this multimedia event charts three generations in three continents separated by the transatlantic slave trade. As a freed slave, Fanny was maidservant to Mrs Pinney of the Georgian House. Hear her story from the UK and those of her mother Igbo Polly’s story from Nevis and her grandmother’s, an Igbo woman from Eastern Nigeria. Find out more about the project




7th October  Social Justice for Refugees – what does this mean?

Redland Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Rd, Bristol BS6 6JE

Exploring the moral concept of ‘fairness’ by asking ‘how should things be for refugees?’ Refugee speakers, Quaker children and adults will talk about the current situation and the support and campaigning they are involved with.



7th October St Paul’s Youth Workshop

Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH
Time TBC

History based sessions for young people aged 11-16 with the aim of challenging misconceptions around ideas of race and migration. Workshop led by Nayah Yetunde and Hannah John. 

Free. Find out more and book


8th October Journey to Justice Bristol in Film

Millennium Square, Bristol BS1 5LL
Showing throughout the day

A 15 minute medley of film highlights archive footage from the work of leading documentary filmmakers Colin Thomas, David Parker and others, on Bristol’s history of social justice along with a short film on the work of Journey to Justice.



8th October  Barton Hill Cotton Workers

Valentine Bridge, Bristol BS1 6DX
14:00 – 17:00

This walk is about the struggles of Bristol’s men and women workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It starts on Valentine Bridge (behind Temple Meads Railway Station) with an introductory talk, crosses over to Avon Street, continues through the old industrial working class areas of St Philip’s and Barton Hill via the Great Western Cotton Factory, and ends at the Old Council House in Corn Street. Find out more about Bristol Radical History Group

Free. Just turn up.



9th October  Battling for Bristol

The Cube Cinema, Dove St South, Bristol BS2 8JP

An evening of films on Bristol campaigns for social justice.  It will include the risings of 1831, 1980 and 1986, the demands for decent housing and for equality for women workers, as well as film of the bus boycott that ended racial discrimination on Bristol’s buses. Sponsored by the Bristol Radical History Group.

£5 / £4 concessions  Find out more and book



10th October St Matthias Lecture  

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ

A lecture on the theme of social justice given by Mona Siddiqui OBE, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. A public intellectual and speaker on issues around religion, ethics and public life, she is especially known in Britain for her appearances on BBC Radio 4′s Thought for the Day.

Free Booking required link TBC 



11th October  Social justice, Jews and the refugee experience in Britain

Redland Green Bowling Club, Bristol BS6 7HE

A talk by Vivienne Jackson from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), the leading British Jewish organisation on race and asylum. In the present climate of anti-immigration and Islamophobic sentiment in much of the national press, what do Jewish people have to contribute to debates about migration and racial discrimination? Find out more about DAVAR Bristol.

DAVAR members £3, concessions £4, non-members £6



12th October Who Listens to Knowle West? Belonging to Knowle West

The Park, Daventry Road, Knowle Bristol BS4 1DQ
Time 17:00 – 19:00

Long-term residents of Knowle West and Filwood Park are invited to a meal and event celebrating and reflecting on the history of the estate, to share their personal stories and experiences. An opportunity to discuss the problems residents have faced since the 1930s and how fairly they feel they have been treated. With participants’ permission the event will be filmed.

Free. Email to find out more


13th October  Belonging to Knowle West and beyond?

The Park, Daventry Road, Knowle Bristol BS4 1DQ
Time TBC

Eastern European migrants and other minorities living in Knowle West and Filwood Park are invited to join refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol to partake of a meal together and share their personal accounts of how and why they came to the UK and their experience of the hostility and hospitality they have encountered since. 

Free. Email to find out more


13th October  Proclaiming Justice: an evening of poetry music and art

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
19:30 – 21:30

An evening of middle eastern food and music, sponsored poetry recitations on the subject of ‘Exile’ and sale of art. Your £35 ticket includes food and a glass of wine and is to raise funds for Trauma Foundation South West to support their work providing counselling and psychotherapy for highly traumatised refugees and asylum seekers.

£35 Find out more and book



14th October  Poetry for Social Justice Workshop

The Station, Silver Street. Bristol BS1 2AG
14:00 – 16:15

A poetry workshop for up to 12 people looking at six figures in Bristol’s history (three men, three women) who have done pioneering work to bring about social justice and their stories. We will write two poems and do a close reading of poetry from the Amnesty International book of political poets, “Fire in the Soul”. The aim is to inspire the participants through their connection with these campaigners and lead them through a process to each group member writing some great poems. Sarah Scotthorne, poet and publisher will lead this workshop.

£10, concessions £5. Email to find out more and book


15th October  Capoeira Roda

Central Bristol venue TBC
15:00 – 18:30

Capoeira is martial art created by the slaves taken to Brazil, it incorporates elements of dance, acrobatics and music. This practice was banned by the slave owners in Brazil as it was used to resist the government, however it survived, and continues to be a form of resistance and source of social justice/change. Demonstrated by groups who practice this art in Bristol.  

Free. Find out more about Capoeira in Bristol


16th October  Bristol Women Campaigners, Rioters and Workers, c. 1640-2000

Meet at The Victoria Rooms steps, 88 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1SA

A city walk led by Dr. Madge Dresser visiting places where women campaigners, rioters and workers were active in Bristol. Show of Strength’s Sheila Hannon will accompany us performing dramatised readings en route. Duration between 1- 1.5 hours.

Free. Booking required link TBC



16th October  Wesley and the Anti-Slavery Movement

The Horsefair Room at The New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE

How was a leading figure of the evangelical revival in 18th Century Britain persuasive in calling for the abolition of the slave trade? Join us in the new Visitors’ Centre at the New Room as our Warden Gary Best explores how John Wesley made an impact on society, and how Methodism continues to fight the causes of injustice in our world today.

£3 on the door


17th October  Strangers to the City: Untold Stories of Ethnic Minorities and Refugees in Bristol, c. 1200-1963

Meet at the Bristol Bus Boycott Plaque in the Bristol Coach Station

A Future Cities and JtoJBristol city walk follows some untold stories about ethnic minorities and refugees in Bristol from 1290 to 1963. An artist will accompany walkers who will be invited to sketch their own impressions stimulated by the places we visit. For people over 10 years of age. Duration 2 hours.

Free Booking required link TBC



17th October  Imagining Southmead

Venue TBC
Time TBC

A workshop and exhibition open to all. 80 years ago, when Southmead was only half built and the Welfare State was newly born, a group of schoolboys created a vision of a perfect place to live. Orchard Secondary School will look at housing, social justice and their estate today and compare their views with Southmead teenagers in 1948. For more information and to book email

Free. Email to find out more and book


19th October  Voice from the past

18:00 – 21:00

An outdoor exhibition of Bristol’s political heroes of the past in the struggle for justice. Working with Bristol Artists, students of the Creative Youth Network, with help from The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, will build the exhibition in the Bearpit from 10th-18th October, when passers-by will see artists and students at work in this extraordinary public space where the city finds its political voice.

Free. Just turn up



20th October  Rethinking Refugee Conference

Venue TBC

Examining the untapped economic potential of the refugee asset within the region, and how to rethink refugees as assets rather than liabilities. By attempting to understand the best ways to resettle refugees we hope to generate new ideas which can turn current humanitarian challenges into sustainable opportunities.




20th October ongoing until 2018  Brave Poor Things: reclaiming Bristol’s disability history

MShed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
10:00 – 17:00

For nearly 100 years, the Guild for the Brave Poor Things provided a vital social and educational hub for disabled people in Bristol. This exhibition tells the story of the founder; social justice pioneer Ada Vachell, and the new commissioned building of 1913 the first of its kind to take into consideration the needs of those with physical impairments and still standing today in Old Market.

Free. Find out more about A History of Place



20th October  Symposium- Brave, Poor (and Invisible): The gatekeepers of past and future cities

MShed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Time TBC

This symposium brings together academics and community partners to expose and explore the often absent voices of disabled people in our collective history as well as our future planning. Experience creative happenings, visits by robots and an opportunity to be part of a Cultural Animation installation work. 

Free. Find out more about A History of Place



21st October  There IS Black in the Union Jack

Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH
18:00 – 20:00

A community screening of the Bristol-made documentary which is part of the #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project. The film produced by Black South West Network and funded by Heritage Lottery uses interviews from members of the community to explore issues of race, identity and belonging post Brexit. There will be a panel discussion to follow chaired by Dr. Edson Burton, playwright and performer.

Free. Find out more about #ThereIsBlackInTheUnionJack project


22nd October  Moving stories, travelling tales

Kingfisher Cafe, 18 Straits Parade, Bristol BS16 2LE

Listen to readings by refugees about their own stories from a new book published by Borderlands. Supporting them will be performances by Professor Madge Dresser on Black History in Fishponds in the 1920s, by playwright and performer, Dr. Edson Burton, and by ‘Bristol’s Poet Laureate’ Miles Chambers.

£3 on the door or find out more and pre-book



22nd October  Story slam on the theme of social justice

Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NE

Bristol’s Story Slam regularly attracts a diverse audience of over 200 people who submit a one line teaser about a true personal story on the evening’s theme into a hat. Those selected have five minutes to tell their tale before the bell rings. What emerges is a magical evening of shared experience. 

Free (donations welcome). Find out more about Story Slam Bristol



 25th October  Crafty Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ
10:00 – 12:00

An art and activity session for families on the theme of social justice. Find out more

Free. Find out more


27th October ’This Evil Thing’

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ

Well-known actor and playwright Michael Mears performs his one-man play, a compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war in 1916.

Tickets £5  Find out more and book



28 October Bristol Somalis talk frankly across generations

Barton Hill University Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, BS5 0AX
16:15 – 18:00

As part of the Bristol Somali Cultural Festival, local Somali actors bring together the stories gathered in four separate workshops this summer, for Bristol Somali mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Each group, had their own space to talk about the pressures they’ve faced adjusting to life in Britain and what they would really like to discuss with other family members. Refreshments available

Free. Email to find out more


28 October Rights to Move

MShed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Performances throughout the day

Following the acclaimed and sold-out performances of Rights to Move, Creative Youth Network (CYN) alongside Rise Youth Dance Company and Tribe Dance Theatre are bringing back a short, one-off extract of the performance that explores civil and human rights from a young person’s perspective using dance and live music.
Your rights! your voice! your body! your movement!

CYN thank the Heritage Lottery for funding Rights to Move



28 October  The Art of Protest: Banner and placard making workshop

People’s Republic of Stokes Croft Yard. 35 Jamaica Street Bristol BS2 8JP
11:00 – 15:00

Basic banner and placard making using the facilities of the PRSC yard where many protest placards have been created over the past ten years. Participants will make placards and banners to accompany the Hands across the City solidarity march on 29th October.

Free Email to find out more and book



29th October  Hands across the city

Castle Park by the Bristol Bridge entrance, BS1 3XD
Time 12:30 – 16:00

The culmination of the month-long celebration of Journey to Justice Bristol, this historical walk starts at Bristol Bridge. It proceeds to Pero’s Bridge where we shall hold hands to make a human bridge affirming the city’s solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities. We shall end at City Hall with a celebration event. Everyone is encouraged to wear colourful clothing, to make this a real celebration of diversity and of our own personal journeys to justice.




Volunteering and Sponsorship

We are working with schools, refugee groups, community groups and a growing number of individual artists, musicians and members of the public.

Our aim is liaise with local community centres and schools in all areas of the city, in order to bring Journey to Justice events to a diverse range of neighbourhoods.

Most of our events and workshops will be open to the public for free, which means we need your help to make it happen. If you’d like to volunteer as a steward at the events, donate or help to organise an event, please contact us


Journey to Justice Bristol thanks Bristol Cathedral for hosting the national exhibition and our key contributors UNISON ,and UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol

sponsorlogos and thanks to our local partners, volunteers, donors and supporters who include:

91 Ways to Build a Global City
African Voices Forum
Ashley Housing Trust
Brigstow Foundation (University of Bristol)
Bristol City Council
Black South West Network
Bristol Radical History Group
Bristol Somali Forum
Bristol Somali Resource Centre
Citizens UK
City of Bristol College
Countering Colston
Creative Youth Network
Dhek Bhal
Festival of Ideas
The Guild of Guardians
The Park, Knowle West
Parsons Street School
PRSC (The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft)
Remembering the Real World War One Group
Refugee Rights
SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality)
SGI UK (Nichiren Buddhists in Bristol)
Story Slam Bristol
The Cabot Institute
The Royal Society of Arts
TFSW (Trauma Foundation South West)
Ujima Radio

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