Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour 25 June – 30 July

Quick info:

  • Type of event: in person
  • Date: 25 June onwards
  • Time: 8 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Location: Various locations across Bristol
  • Meeting point: College Green
  • Cost: £4-£9
  • Booking instructions: book online

Now in its 16th year, The Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour is back! As seen on “Most Haunted”, the fully outdoor 80 minute walk combines haunted buildings, TV locations and Bristol trivia. Advance Bookings are required due to the current ‘Rule of 6’ restriction. Private walks are available on a date to suit.


IN PROGRESS at The Royal Photographic Society Now – 24 October

Quick info:

  • Type of event: In-Person
  • Date: Now – 24th October
  • Time: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Arnos vale
  • Meeting point: n/a
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking instructions: In Progress (rps.org)

IN PROGRESS presents a collection of solo shows by five of today’s most innovative photographers and photo-based artists. The exhibition places emphasis on each of the artist’s individual projects, motivations, and creative practices, and intentionally refrains from linking them to an overarching theme or idea.

Bristol Slave Trade Walk 11 July – 31 October

Quick info:

  • Type of event: In-Person
  • Date: 11th July – 31st October
  • Time: 12pm-3pm
  • Location: various
  • Meeting point: Radisson Blu Hotel
  • Cost: £5-£10
  • Booking instructions:

The walk on the slave trade and its impact on Bristol, will incorporate the 1,000 year history of Bristol as a port, a summary history of Bristol’s participation in the English and British slave trade including the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the abolition of slavery in 1833, and reference to Bristol born Edward Colston, an official of the Royal African Company, and his divisive legacy to Bristol. The walk will take in the historic harbour of Bristol including the Floating Harbour, the City Centre, Park Street, Bristol Cathedral, Pero’s Bridge, and John Cabot’s statue by the Arnolfini.

The Life, Times and Death of Thomas Becket 13 July

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Marking the 850th anniversary of one of the most powerful figures of his times, this special exhibition at the British Museum presents Becket’s tumultuous journey from a merchant’s son to an archbishop, and from a revered saint in death to a “traitor” in the eyes of Henry Vlll more than 350 years later. The archbishop’s slaying and martyrdom transfixed the medieval world – and inspired some magnificently murderous art and artefacts that are still shocking today. The aim of the exhibit seems to be to get up close to the man, the murder and the legend through an array of objects associated with Becket such as illuminated manuscripts, some of which contain eye-witness accounts of the murder, jewellery and sacred reliquaries.

Festival of Archaeology 17 July – 1 August

Quick info:

  • Type of event: Online
  • Date: 17 July – 1 August
  • Time: N/A
  • Location: Online
  • Meeting point: n/a
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking instructions: Book online  

This year the Festival of Archaeology is kicking off with the theme ‘Exploring Local Places’. Organisers are putting together archaeological events allowing you to explore your local community, stories and people that lived there.
What started off as a two-day festival has evolved into two weeks of exciting


In Their Own Write: The Testimony of the Victorian English and Welsh Poor 23 July

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The welfare system of the time, referred to as relief under the New Poor Law, was often forcefully contested between paupers and those who administrated the system. In this talk, you will meet ordinary people at the extreme lower strata of Victorian society, who campaigned to their social “betters” for more acceptable levels of poor relief. This talk will examine how the Victorian poor tried to explain their poverty, the conditions in which they lived, and what they considered should be their rights to welfare in times of unemployment and/or sickness.

Ancient Egypt Virtual Tour 30 July

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Our Egyptologist host will reveal the magnificence of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, one of the remaining wonders of the Ancient World. Also he will let you admire the step Pyramid Complex of Djoser and the Unas Pyramid. A lot of mystery still revolves around these fascinating Pyramids and if you want to know more about how these structures were built and for which reasons, then this is the tour for you! We will take you back in time to discover the history of the Pyramids of Giza.


Curators’ Treasures in a Castle, Palace, and Manor House 3 August

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The first places which spring to mind when wanting to see a collection of Japanese artefacts in the UK may be museums or art galleries where many treasures related to Japan have been preserved. With the aid of current digital technology, cataloguing and displaying on a digital site is gradually becoming more common, making some objects available to the public even when they might not be physically exhibited at such institutions. However, it may not be well known that these are not the only places to appreciate Japan: palaces, castles, and manor houses – historical settings where Japanese art is naturally suited – can also provide an interesting insight into the unique heritage

Assyria & the King of the World 1 August – 2 November

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Learn about the Assyrians, with their heartland in northern Mesopotamia, who once dominated the known world and created the first proper empire.One of the Assyrian kings, Ashurnasirpal II, controlled a huge empire, made laws, managed the religion and he was also a warrior king, leading armoured battering rams and sophisticated amphibious assaults.


Witchcraft Curses of the Twentieth Century 8 August

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The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is in the beautiful Cornish village of Boscastle, UK. It was opened in this location in 1960 and is still there today. The founder of the museum, Cecil H Williamson, acquired an array of artifacts, some donated, some bought and some that he may have made. These artifacts include a collection that were made to harm, or worse, to kill. They do not all come from practitioners, some were made in domestic settings as revenge.  This lecture showcases some of the best collection in existence!