Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice Bristol, Phase 2

“I belong here!” a Bristol Somali Journey through Bristol’  (February-December 2018)

This project grew out of a series of inter-generational workshops Journey to Justice held last October in partnership with the Bristol Somali Resource Centre.  Its aim is to get people able to find their way around Bristol with more confidence, meet others in their community and learn a bit about the city’s history in a way that relates to their experience. The strategy has been to train Somali activists/service providers/graduates in the history of the city so they can cascade this knowledge by way of walks for the grassroots groups with whom they work. So far we’ve delivered three training sessions with activists and run two walks for women carers from the Somali community, a walk with Bristol Somali men including taxi drivers who visited for the first time such places as the City Hall, the Cathedral and St. Nicholas Market. We also ran a half day’s bus tour with Bristol Somali Elders group through Clifton (including a visit to the Grand Spa Hotel and the suspension bridge).

Most of the participants, although they have lived in the city for as long as 20 years, had never visited many of the places we took them to and emphasised how strongly the experience made them feel more a part of the city. Providing child care and transport enabled isolated people (a number of whom are carers) a rare opportunity to get together and have a break. We’ve also devised a guide to the city (available on line) which brings together some of the little-known stories about Muslims and other minority groups in the city.

The project is funded by the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together programme.

In Bristol we have been working with a wide range of community, cultural and faith groups, and institutions who share our commitment to honour the history of social justice. Our aim is to inspire everyone in the city to learn from the past in order to fight for their rights now and in the future.

In October 2017 Bristol hosted the Journey to Justice travelling exhibition alongside a programme of city-wide events on the theme of social justice. These ranged from innovative exhibitions, arts events, public debates, training programmes, practical workshops and installations. The historical walks we led highlighting women activists, strikes of the early trade unions, immigration to the city and the transatlantic slave trade illustrated a history of activism which is woven into the fabric of Bristol. You can see the scope of the month’s programme here and view all the previous events here.

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Following the successes of October 17 we are determined to build on the awareness of social justice campaigning, to harness the passion and creativity in the city and to work towards a fairer Bristol.


Get involved

You are most welcome to become involved; help put on events, create artwork, connect with schools and to tell your personal stories of social justice through whichever media suits.

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JtoJ Bristol’s onward journey


Journey to Justice Bristol stories exhibition (date, time and venue TBC)

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

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


Film Screening (date, time and venue TBC)

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, a film of the bus boycott that ended racial discrimination on Bristol’s buses and some newly made films on social activism in the city.




Bristol activists murals

Using the artwork commissioned for the Stokes Croft China mugs and posters created during October 2017. These will form a school project, firstly with Hareclive School in Hartcliffe but later across the city. Young people will be introduced to the stories of these activists and choose which they feel is most suited to their school. An exterior wall will be painted with the artwork to make a stunning mural.


Bristol activists mugs

To highlight past and present struggles for social justice, we co-produced with Stokes Croft China and local artists a commemorative, limited edition, range of mugs featuring 12 of Bristol’s social justice campaigners over the past 300 years. These are available to buy here.


Education project

An integrated project pack for teachers and educators to tell the stories of social activism in Bristol to young people. We envisage this includes:

  • Historic walks to help connect with the city

  • A timeline of activism leaflet

  • Other printed resources for lessons

  • Dance performances

100 years of women’s suffrage project

Bristol was a hotbed of suffrage activity in the early 20th century. We are delighted to support the Women’s Voice programme of events which will celebrate our history as a city of changemakers and consider how we can continue our fight for equality for years to come.



Journey to Justice Bristol thanks Bristol Cathedral for hosting the national exhibition and our key contributors:


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


Also Better Bilingual, Better Foods Company, Black History Month Bristol, Bristol Fair Trade, Bristol Ferry Boats, Bristol Quakers, Bristol Women’s Voice, Capoiera Angola Bristol, Colin Thomas, Countering Colston, Daughters of Igbo Woman, David Parker, Dr. Edson Burton, Miles Chambers, Myers-Insole Local Learning CIC, Orchard School Bristol, Parsons Street Primary School, Primrose Granville, RA Cultural Consultancy Services, Remembering the Real WWI, St Paul’s Adventure Playground Group, Tangent Books, The Bristol Cable, Unite Filton Branch, Unite Bristol Bus Drivers Branch, Xisto Wines, Dhek Bhal.