Puppets On The Red Carpet

You may have seen Otherstory’s ‘Taking A Holiday‘ puppet show or taken part in the ‘Steps Against War‘ puppet history walk in Bedminster earlier this year.

Now there’s a chance to attend the premiere of the film of the walk, meet the puppets and hear how the walk was researched and created.

Venue Bedminster Library, Bedminster Parade, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4AQ

Date: Thursday September 26th

Time: 7.00pm

Admission Free

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2887779551249938/

Otherstory worked with a group of local people and Remembering the Real World War 1 to discover untold stories of Bedminster people in the First World War.  Together they created Steps Against War, a history walk with puppets to tell these stories, including 40 Bedminster men who refused to fight: who went to jail, or who took to the hills; the local detective always on their tracks; the women running networks of resistance – and the secret hideaway at the heart of Cannon Street

The film of Steps Against War is by Pru Fowler and Ben Edwards.

Otherstory are particularly delighted to be holding this event at Bedminster Library, where many of their early discoveries were made, with the support of library staff.

For more information email otherstorypuppetry@ymail.com

‘Refusing To Kill’ Booklet Published

‘Refusing To Kill’ Booklet Front Cover

We are pleased to announce the publication by Bristol Radical History Group of the ‘Refusing To Kill‘ booklet.

The booklet is a much expanded version of the material included in the ‘Refusing To Kill’ exhibition that appeared at various venues across Bristol from September 2017 to July 2018. The exhibition and booklet tell the story of the 580 men from the Bristol area who, for religious, moral or political reasons, refused to fight in World War 1, as well as the story of the men and women who supported them. It includes the names, addresses and occupations of all 580 conscientious objectors, as well as re-prints of rarely seen documents from local archives.

The booklet can be purchased on line via the Bristol Radical History Group website here

For further information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

Back Cover
‘Refusing To Kill’ Booklet Back Cover

Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience Festival – Programme Announced

Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience Festival - 2019
Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience Festival – 2019

Details have been announced of the programme of talks, films, performance, exhibitions etc taking place as part of the Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience Festival. The main festival weekend is Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th April but some exhibitions are on at venues across the city for a longer period and there are some linked events taking place before and after the weekend.

Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience is a national festival which looks at hidden or lesser known stories of the First World War, legacies of the conflict, peace-building and alternatives to officially sponsored commemoration. Topics considered include: the Shot at Dawn campaign; conscientious objection to military service; strikes; mutinies, desertion and absenteeism; colonial experiences and impacts; women’s peace activism; treatment of veterans; a century of opposition to war; alienation from commemoration.

At Bristol’s M Shed museum, the weekend festival (27th-28th April) will bring together community groups, local historians, academics, campaigners, activists and performers from across the country. The festival includes exhibitions, performances, printing workshops, talks, films, song and music, community projects, a puppet walk and puppet show.

The main festival website has details of all the events

Details of all the talks at M Shed on 27th/28th April are on the website here

Details of all the films being shown on 27th/28th April at M Shed are
on the website here

Details of the evening events on 27th April at the SouthBank Club are
on the website here

More events are being added so keep looking at the web site.

You can follow the festival on Facebook here and on Twitter here

For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

These Dangerous Women!

Sharon Morgan as Sylvia Pankhurst in Thursday’s Child

Organised by Remembering The Real World War 1 and linked to the Commemoration, Conflict and Conscience Festival, this film night is an opportunity to see two films about the part of women in opposing World War 1.

Date: Tuesday 23rd April, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Venue: The Cube, BS2 8JD
Price: £5/£4

Tickets can be booked via the Cube website here, although the title of the event on the web page doesn’t really fit the films!

Thursday’s Child
Best remembered as a suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst was also a passionate supporter of the Russian revolution, a founder of the British Communist Party and a talented visual artist. Fighting for women to have the vote at the beginning of the century, she became a campaigner against colonialism in Africa after the Second World War. She dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice.

Sylvia Pankhurst is played by Sharon Morgan and this programme, made for Channel Four, is presented by the late Professor Gwyn Alf Williams. It was directed by Michele Ryan who will take part in the Q and A following the screening.

Drama/documentary made for Channel Four, directed by Michele Ryan and presented by Gwyn Williams. 50 minutes. Michele Ryan will be present for the Q and A.

These Dangerous Women
A drama-documentary on the women who tried to stop World War One. In 1915 1300 women from 12 warring and neutral nations got together in the Hague to find a way towards peace. Directed by Charlotte Bill and produced by the Clapham Film Unit, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 23 minutes

This screening is part of the Commemoration, Conflict and Conscience Festival. Chaired by Dr June Hannam.

‘This Evil Thing’ Returns To Bristol

'This Evil Thing'
‘This Evil Thing’

Anyone who saw Michael Mears’ one-man show ‘This Evil Thing’ in Bristol Cathedral in October 2017 will know what a powerful piece of theatre it is. We are now pleased to present two new performances, linked to the Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience festival at the end of April. The two performances take place on Sunday April 21st – Easter Sunday in the atmospheric surroundings of the crypt of St John the Baptist Church, one of Bristol’s oldest medieval buildings.

Tickets £11 (£9 concessions) can be purchased online at tryBooking here

For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

The play brings together the stories of Bert Brocklesby, a schoolteacher and preacher at his Methodist chapel and Bertrand Russell,one of the greatest philosophers of his time.
With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned upside down.

‘Magnificent storytelling’ (Amnesty International)

‘The CO’s story is still a tale rarely told, and rarely presented with this level of wisdom, perception, compassion and balance… ‘This Evil Thing’ represents the great tradition of storytelling at its very best, and offers an up-close-and-personal insight into the human condition, for better or worse.’ November 2018 The Bath Magazine – Melissa Blease

News From The Puppets

Otherstory – will be performing their puppet show – Taking a Holiday on:

January 17th at 7.30 pm at Bedminster Library, 4 Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4AQ
January 25th at 7.30 pm at Junction 3 Library, 138b Lower Ashley Rd, Bristol BS5 0FJ

Tickets £5/£3 available at any Bristol Library, or online @ https://otherstory.org/datestickets/

Show is suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age

Taking a Holiday tells the amazing story of the secret beneath a Bedminster bike shop. It is a story of struggle in wartime – full of intrigue, escapes, comradeship…and bikes. What does it mean to be a refugee and on the run in your own country? Who will give you a bed for the night, a job… or a means of escape? A tabletop and shadow puppet show based on the true stories of ordinary people in 1916/17, and the hidden history of the resistance to the war machine. 


For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com


Do you want to help create a Puppet History Walk?

Otherstory will be developing a Bedminster-based history walk with puppets, in Jan – March 2019.

The walk will uncover the hidden histories of local people who resisted the First World War. It will take people round the actual locations where the war resisters lived, worked, met together and in some cases hid from the authorities. We’ll be using a mixture of puppetry, readings from historic texts, and songs from the period to bring their stories to life.

Otherstory are
looking for people to help make it happen! There are a series of workshops, where you can get involved in

Researching local conscientious objectors and war resisters
Making or dressing puppets
Making props and scenery
Finding photos from the time to use in the walk
Choosing and editing text from the time

And if you’d like to be part of the walk itself:

Practising some puppetry
Learning songs from the period
Helping to plan or steward the walk

The project is aimed at adults, and young people 14 and over. You can be involved in the whole project; or just come to one or two workshops, to do something you enjoy.

Research workshops will on Sat Jan 12th 2-4pm at the Bristol Archives and Sat 26th Jan 2-4pm at Bedminster Library

Puppetry workshops will be at Windmill Hill City Farm on:

Sun 10th Feb; Sun 24th Feb; Sun 10th March; Sun 24th Mar – 2-4pm

If you’re interested in taking part go to: https://otherstory.org/hiding-places-and-hidden-histories/ and fill in a form

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

For more information contact
Or rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

French Village Remembers Bristol Deserter

Alfred Jefferies

Alfred Jefferies was the only man from Bristol shot by the British Army for desertion in World War 1.

In November 2016, on the centenary of his execution, Bristol’s Remembering the Real World War 1 group laid a wreath in his memory in The Dings Park. The event was attended by local people as well as members of Alfred Jefferies’ family. It was widely covered by local media. See the story from the time on our website here.

The story of Alfred (and his brother Arthur who died on the Somme in 1916) has now crossed to France. Alfred was shot in the village of Penin in the Pas de Calais region. Having heard of our event and the ‘Bristol Deserter’ pamphlet, on 1st November 2018 people of the village met to remember Alfred Jefferies themselves. David Jefferies, Alfred’s great-great nephew, and other family members were present.

They laid a wreath to mark the site of his execution

Wreath To Mark Alfred Jefferies’ Execution

They stood to remember Alfred

People of Penin Honour Alfred Jefferies

They then visited his grave in Arras cemetery.

David Jefferies and other family members at Alfred Jefferies’ graveside 

The commemoration was reported on local television in the Pas de Calais.

(Scroll down the page to the display of ‘19/20 Nord Pas-de-Calais‘ broadcasts by date. Scroll sideways to the broadcast for 01/11/2018. About four minutes into the programme is the report of the commemoration.)

It was also reported in the local newspaper and can be seen on their website here

The next day they visited the area where Arthur Jefferies was killed to remember his life as well

For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

Bristol’s Local Libraries Feature Conscientious Objectors

In November 2018, Bristol’s local libraries are mounting displays to mark the end of World War 1 featuring local stories about the war. All but three of the libraries are including information about Bristol’s conscientious objectors.These displays will make sure that the story of Bristol’s COs will be seen by even more people across the city.

Those without CO displays are Lockleaze, Henleaze & Whitchurch.

Don’t forget to visit your local library in November and see their display. You can find details of Bristol’s local libraries including opening times on the City Council website here.

For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

Another Anti-War Film Goebbels Hated!

Bristol’s Remembering The Real World War 1 group presents another classic German anti-war film at the Cube Cinema.

Niemandsland (English title ‘Hell On Earth‘) was released in 1931. One of the first German ‘talkies’, the film was directed by Victor Trivas with a musical score by Hans Eisler, friend and collaborator of Bertholt Brecht.

Where: Cube Cinema, Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JD

Time: 8pm

Date: Monday November 5th

Admission: £5, £4 concessions

To book tickets:: https://cubecinema.com/programme/event/niemandslandno-mans-landhell-on-earth,9961/

To find the Cube: http://www.cubecinema.com/pages/about/directions/

During World War One, five soldiers from different nations end up together amongst ruins in no man’s land and decide to stick together.

One of the main characters was played by Lewis Douglas, a black American actor, and this made the film especially hateful to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels who ordered every copy of the film to be destroyed.

But one survived so we can screen it! The film will be introduced by film historian Humberto Perez-Blanco

For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

Time Travelling Tales


Lois Bibbings, part of the Remembering The Real World War 1 group and co-curator of our ‘Refusing To Kill‘ exhibition about Bristol’s WW1 Conscientious objectors, is giving her inaugural lecture as Professor of Law, Gender and History at University of Bristol on October 31st (Halloween!)

She will look at legal cases over different historical periods, including WW1. We understand the ‘Taking A Holiday’ puppets will make an appearance!

This lecture is open to the public and entirely free. Please book in advance..

Where: Priory Road Complex Lecture Theatre, 12 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TU

When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 6.30 PM – 8.00 PM

To book: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/events/2018/lois-bibbings-inaugural-lecture-time-travelling-tales.html

For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com