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Meadows to Meaders (c) Paul Blakemore
Myers-Insole Local Learning Community Interest Company

Exploring our local heritage with all members of the community, to uncover and share what we learn about our past.

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WASHING IN THE WELL

Saturday 29th September – As part of Bristol’s Docks Heritage Weekend, Bristol Ferries will be playing the fascinating stories collected throughout the Heritage Lottery and Quartet funded Washing in the Well project.

On Ferryboat Brigantia, throughout the weekend, you will be able to listen to recordings from Washing in the Well, exploring the fascinating history of Jacob’s Wells Baths, intimately connected with the docks as many people swam in them!

The Victorian baths were built at a time when very few people were fortunate enough to have running water in their households, a time when locals didn’t appreciate the risks they were taking swimming in the dirty docks, a time when the whole family would have to take turns washing in a tin bath, in ever murkier water. Some of these experiences continued into the 20th century within living memory.

Audio recordings can be heard through a set of headphones on the boat, and accompanied by a booklet about the project.

WASHING IN THE WELL

The stories collected throughout the Heritage Lottery and Quartet funded Washing in the Well community activities have now been added to our project page and the accompanying booklets will be available for free at the Harbour Festival event at the Baths, Saturday 21st July, 12-3pm.

Quotes from the baths

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MEADOWS TO MEADERS

Local Learning are delighted to announce Bristol City Council funding for the next episode of our community soap opera, Meadows to Meaders.

Visit our stall at Southmead Festival to find out how you can become involved in MEADOWS TO MEADERS: A NEW DIRECTION – a Local Learning, Bristol Old Vic, Southmead Development Trust collaboration.

WASHING IN THE WELL

Local Learning has been working with Rowan Associates to co-deliver a community project, exploring the history of Jacobs’ Wells Baths and surrounding area.

The community legacy booklet and oral histories will be launched at the Harbour Festival, 2018.

IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

Find out what audience members and participants thought about the In Someone Else’s Shoes performance and exhibition in our project report here.

The exhibition moves in May from Ashton Gatehouse to the UWE Business School at the Frenchay Campus before going to Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre in June.

On Friday 4th May, 14 students from Fairfield School will fly out to Hannover for the return exchange trip.

WASHING IN THE WELL

  • Were you one of the people who enjoyed the luxury of a warm bath at Jacob’s Wells?
  • Did you learn to swim there?
  • Can you remember the carpet beating sign on Brandon Hill?

Come to the Baths and share your stories on

Friday 16th March, 2 to 6

Tuesday 27th March, 4 to 7

Collecting memories of the baths at St George’s Primary School

IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

You can find our exhibition now at Ashton Gatehouse until April 26th before the shoes go to Hannover in May.

In Someone Else’s Shoes at Ashton Gatehouse
Shoes decorated by students from Fairfield High, Bristol and IGS Kronsberg, Hannover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CITY AS A MONUMENT

As part of a series of events coinciding with  Iman Issa’s exhibition at Spike Island, Local Learning will lead a tour to explore how the area of Spike Island has developed artistically alongside the regeneration of Bristol harbour. The tour takes a circular route, beginning and ending at Spike Island gallery.

This has been rearranged following the snow disruption and will now take place on Saturday 24th March

IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

This week is the last week of our exhibition at Bristol Central Library before it moves to Ashton Gatehouse on Wednesday March 7th.

A huge thank you to the staff at the library for their support for this exhibition.

In Someone Else’s Shoes Exhibition at Bristol Central Library

THE CITY AS A MONUMENT

On Saturday 3rd March, as part of a series of events coinciding with  Iman Issa’s exhibition at Spike Island, Local Learning will lead a tour to explore how the area of Spike Island has developed artistically alongside the regeneration of Bristol harbour. The tour takes a circular route, beginning and ending at Spike Island gallery.

IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

Our exhibition opens Monday 29th January at City Hall Vestibules for one week before moving to Bristol Central Library.

Free performance, Tuesday 12th December 5.30 at Colston Hall

 

IMAGINING SOUTHMEAD – FREE EXHIBITION WORKSHOP in collaboration with Journey to Justice

Venue: ORCHARD SECONDARY SCHOOL
17th October 2017, 13:30 – 15:00

Class 4C, Pen Pole School with their Southmead model, 1948/9. Photo donated by Dr Mike Peirce

70 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.

Students from Orchard Secondary School and local residents have been exploring themes identified soon after WW2 about what people considered was needed for a fairer society then and what is needed today.  You are invited to come and share your thoughts and add to the idea of what makes for an ideal community.

Southmead as Class 4C, (1948) Pen Pole School, would have planned it

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For more information and to book email ruth@locallearning.org.uk

IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

Inter-generational event with Bristol-Hannover alumni sharing experiences at Fairfield School

Arts Council and Heritage Lottery funding is secured to help celebrate 70 years of friendship, since Bristol children first sent shoes to poverty stricken Hannover in 1947, who in return ‘paid’ through music and songs.

 

MEADOWS TO MEADERS

A full house for Meadows to Meaders, Ascot Road, July 2nd 2017

Following the community’s successful performance of the Meadows to Meaders soap opera, the accompanying exhibition of Southmead objects will now be on show at Southmead Library over the summer.

You can hear the associated stories on our Memories page.

MINECRAFT

White City in Minecraft

Let Year 5 at Ashton Gate Primary School give you a guided tour of the 1914 International Exhibition, (known locally as White City) that they have recreated in Minecraft.

 

BRISTOL CASTLE PARK

Castle Park

St Barnabas CEVC Primary recreate the Bolingbroke Rebellion of 1399 at Bristol Castle in Minecraft.