Old Images of Bristol, England

Old Postcard Clifton Suspension Bridge with sailing ship Glaucus

Enjoy a glimpse of history through old images of Bristol, England.

Bristol is a city in the South West of England. In the past, it has been part of Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Avon but in 1996 it reverted to its historic position of being in the county of Bristol.

Old Photos of Bristol

The City In The 1920s

Haig In Bristol April 1920

On 19 April 1920, the famous Field Marshall Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, visited Bristol to receive the freedom of the city, shortly after the Great War ended.

Despite the rain, spectators and dignitaries came out to greet him as he arrived at the Council House from Temple Meads station.

Also there were many petitioners, men who fought for their country so recently yet now found themselves unemployed and in desperate poverty.

The next day, Haig received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Bristol University.

Jisc Inform – Lord Haig at Bristol, 19 April, 1920: Jisc

Douglas Haig’s Connection to Bristol

In the late 1870s, young Douglas Haig attended Clifton College, which was known at the time for its educational focus on science. The college also had a less elitist culture when compared to other boarding schools of the time.

After leaving Clifton College, Douglas toured the United States with his brother, having lost both their parents by this time. Then he attended Brasenose College at the University of Oxford, to read Political Economy, Ancient History and French Literature. From there, he headed into the army, where he later found himself a key figure during the Great War.

Vintage Film Of Bristol In The 1920s

Watch some very rare moving pictures of Bristol (UK) filmed 80 years ago.

It’s a long disappeared world in which old cars, buses, lorries, and motorcycles share the roads with trams and a surprising number of horses and carts. A charabanc and even a hand-pulled cart are glimpsed.

Policemen direct traffic, while women exhibit the ‘flapper’ look and men wear hats or caps.

Locations include the Centre, Corn Street, Bristol Bridge, Park Street, The Docks, Bedminster Bridge, Redcliff Hill, and Ashton Swing Bridge.

“Bristol In The 1920s” by YouTube channel AztecWest2008

1927 – Princess Mary In Bristol & The Portway

This vintage footage shows two separate items.

In the first segment, 30 year old Princess Mary, accompanied by the Mayor, visits the new Dockland Club in Bristol. It’s 1927, several years before her niece became Queen Elizabeth II.

Next, we see the new Portway road, now part of the A4.

One of the first roads designed with motor vehicle traffic in mind, it’s admired for its beautiful and interesting surroundings.

Princess Mary and a Bristol Road, 1920’s – Film 31924: HuntleyFilmArchives.

Bristol Historical Pageant 1924

Between 26 May and 21 June 1924, a cast of thousands – yes, thousands – turned out in beautiful period costumes for 22 performances of the Bristol Historical Pageant.

The footage shows one short episode of the Bristol historical pageant that took place on a grand scale in Ashton Court in 1924, before its three day transfer to Wembley in London.

Each of the performances in Bristol attracted crowds of up to 4,000 spectators, but since these events were so ingrained in local communities, the London audience numbers were disappointing and this segment of the project made a financial loss.

You can find out more about the organisers, ticket prices and other points of interest about this 1924 Bristol event on the website for Redress of the Past.

It was part of a dramatic revival that swept across Britain at the time, which began in 1905 as the brainchild of the English dramatist, composer and translator Louis Napoleon Parker. 

If you want to see something similar today, you’ll have to head to Kynren in North East England.

“Pageant of Queen Elizabeth 1920s – Film 1941” from YouTube Channel HuntleyFilmArchives

The City In The 1930s

Bristol’s Docks In The 1930s

In the 1930s, the City Docks, Portishead Docks and Avonmouth Docks had an extensive economic reach across South West England. This short film brought together the maritime history, 1930s aerial footage, and simple but effective illustrations when special effects were in their infancy.

The title card tells us the Port of Bristol has a history of over 2,000 years.

“John Cabot sailed in 1497 with Bristol sailors, in the Matthew under Letters Patent from Henry VII. On June 24th of the same year he discovered and landed in America”.

In reality, North America was, of course, ‘discovered’ by the indigenous population about 15,000 years ago. And both the Vikings and Welsh may have ventured across the Atlantic hundreds of years before John Cabot. In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed in the West Indies, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, though not mainland America. 

When the Venetian captain John Cabot dropped anchor at Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, on June 24 in 1497, he and his English crew stayed on land long enough to pick up some fresh water. They also discovered the tools, nets and remains of a fire left by native people, who remained out of sight. He then headed back to present the new land to Henry VII who had commissioned the voyage, and received a £10 reward.

The next title card tells us “John Washington, ancestor of George, sailed from Bristol to America”.

“Bristol, 1930’s — Film 32026” from YouTube Channel HuntleyFilmArchives

“Bristol’s Motto: 

Pride in the Past

Provision for the Present

Preparation for the Future”

Bristol Celebrates The Silver Jubilee 1935

The Silver Jubilee 1935 saw Bristol bedecked in flags and hosting a military parade near the Cathedral.

Despite being third in line to the throne when he was born during Queen Victoria’s reign, on 6 May 1910 King George V became King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India. 

25 years later, in 1935, the people of Bristol held magnificent Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Less than a year later, on 20 January 1936 King George V died.  The next few months were turbulent as Edward accepted and then rejected the crown in favour of Wallace Simpson.

The Mayor is clearly identified in his robes and hat. Charles Theodore Budgett was a director at his family firm, the leading grocer H. H. & S. Budgett. I believe at one point he lived at 7 The Paragon, Clifton, and is probably the Charles T Budgett who died in Bristol in March 1947.

Budgetts began as a small shop in 1820, remained in the family for 140 years, sold Scribbans-Kemp in 1961 and disappeared in 1977.

“Bristol Jubilee Celebrations, 1930’s – Film 32082” from YouTube channel HuntleyFilmArchives

Coronation Celebrations: 1937

1937 saw the coronation of King George VI. The bunting and floral displays were back again as the city and its residents celebrated the event. This early home movie also captured a very jolly street party.

Part of the footage shows the West Of England College of Art, which is sporting beautiful floral displays. From its foundation in 1853 until the previous year, it was known as the Bristol School of Practical Art. The new title West Of England College of Art was held until 1969. Then it became part of Stroud and South Gloucestershire College (SGS).

The film moves on to the fountains at the Victoria Rooms, Cotham Hill, the Triangle, and Park Street. Each location is bedecked with floral displays and bunting. In contrast, people and traffic bustle about their business. After showing the suspension bridge, the film ends with a street party.

Street Party in Bristol, 1930’s – Film 18616 – Huntley Film Archives

The City In The 1940s

The Bristol Blitz November 1940

This is a short but fascinating account of the Bristol Blitz, focusing on the evening of Sunday 24th November 1940. Both the devastation, loss of life and censorship are breathtaking.

The Bristol Blitz began on Sunday 24th November 1940. That night, the German Luftwaffe dropped 5,000 incendiary and 10,000 high explosive bombs on the old city.

On this first raid, 200 people died. A further 700 people were seriously injured.

“Bristol Blitz” from YouTube channel JayBee6011

Bristol Blitz

6 major bombing raids between 24 November 1940 and 11 April 1941

548 air raid alerts and 77 air raids

919 tons of high-explosive bombs & thousands of incendiary (fire) bombs

1,299 Killed

1,303 seriously injured

697 rescued from damaged buildings

89, 080 buildings damaged

81, 830 houses completely destroyed

3,000 + houses damaged beyond repair

Settlements Along The River Avon In 1940

This short film starts at the source of the Avon near Tetbury and follows it all the way to the Bristol Docks, where waters flow into the sea. There are many shots of Bristol taken just before the Bristol Blitz occurred, including the historic Dutch House which was soon to be lost.

This short film takes us on a journey in time and place. From the source of the Avon where pretty cottages sit in a rural idyll of horses and carts, through historic towns and villages, including Malmesbury, the river grows in size and power. Finally the mighty waters meet the open sea and the docks, which are the centre of Bristol’s significant international trade. This was life along the River Avon in the early years of the Second World War.

Although the British Council Film Department Catalogue classifies this as a 1941 film, the Bristol locations were clearly filmed before the first raid of the Bristol Blitz on 24 November 1940.

In 1941, Bristol was the country’s 7th largest city. In addition to the port, the film lists key industries as food stuffs, motor accessories, rubber, tobacco and chocolate. 

Dutch House

The old Dutch house, at numbers 1 and 2 High Street appears too. Erected on top of medieval vaulted stone cellars in 1676 and once the home of the poet Wordsworth, the building was about to be destroyed. In 1908 the lower storey was cut back by 8.5 feet (2.6 m) to accommodate the pavement at a medieval crossroads already struggling with city traffic. Then on Sunday, 24 November 1940, German bombs fell on the area for five hours. The badly damaged Dutch House was demolished three days later on 27 November 1940, to make the important road junction safe.

The commentary for this short film was credited to Alvar Liddel. They actually meant the famous BBC broadcaster and newsreader, Alvar Lidell.

The film was devised by Paul Barralet, and the script was written by Alfred Leyton. An additional credit tells us the sound recordist was W Bland.

“Western Waterway: Bristol Avon – 1941 – CharlieDeanArchives / British Council Archival Footage” from YouTube channel Charlie Dean Archives

Taylors of College Green

In 1942, heavy bombing caused considerable diruption to local businesses. From footage of the area at the time, we know that the store’s departmemts were located at these different addresses:

Fashions, millinery, furs – 65, Whiteladies Road

Fabrics, soft furnishings, linens – 67, Whiteladies Road

Outfitting and corsets – 69, Whiteladies Road

Fancy departments, shoes – 47 Queen’s Road

Bristol Blitz Sites As They Are Today

This short film draws together black and white photos, vintage film and modern footage to highlight places destroyed by the Luftwaffe bombs. Includes the water pump next to St John’s Church that suddenly became the only water supply for 120,000 people.

“How the Blitz changed Bristol forever” from YouTube channel Sudden Pine

Film From The Cabot Cine Circle

Think filmmkaing clubs are a new phenomena? Well, back in the 1940s the Cabot Cine Circle wanted new members. So they made a short film. It included a quick trip to the Llandoger Trow.

Llandoger Trow

The Llandoger Trow is probably Bristol’s second oldest pub, having been built in 1664. A sailor who owned the pub named it after Llandogo in Wales, which built flat-bottomed river boats called trows.

Llandoger Trow was reportedly Louis Stevenson’s inspiration for the Admiral Benbow pub in Treasure Island. Also, Daniel Defoe supposedly met Alexander Selkirk, his inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, in the pub.

You’ll find Llandoger Trow on King Street, between Welsh Back and Queen Charlotte Street, near the old city centre docks.

Vintage Bristol Film from 1940s shows Llandoger Trow Pub: moviescan.co.uk

Bristol University 1944: Churchill, Winant, Menzies

The Bristol Blitz ended in April 1941, but the German bombers continued to attack the city until 15 May 1944.

The Good Friday air raids of 1944 caused further damage to the centre of the city, Knowle, Hotwells, Cotham, and Filton. Plus, the Bristol Tramways were damaged beyond repair, so the service never reopened. Winston Churchill visited the ruins on 12 April 1944.

On the same day, Churchill attended a ceremony at the University of Bristol, and conferred honorary degrees on the American Ambassador to Britain, John Gilbert Winant, and the Australian Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies.

Churchill confers honorary degrees at the University of Bristol, 1944: University of Bristol.

Who Was John Winant?

John Gilbert Winant was born into a wealthy family in New York City on February 23, 1889. Although he attended Princeton University, he did not graduate.

After a short career as a teacher in Concord, New Hampshire, John Winant became a Republican politician. He went on to hold positions in state, national and international politics. 

As Governor of New Hampshire, he was the first man to serve more than a single two-year term, winning elections three times. His support for compassionate policies and direct action to help the less fortunate are well documented.

John Winant During World War II

During the Second World War, John Winant served as US Ambassador to the UK and worked closely with Winston Churchill. It was in this role he received the honorary degree from the University of Bristol in 1944.

He fell in love with Churchill’s daughter Sarah, who had discreetly separated from her husband. Meanwhile, his own wife and children remained back at home in New Hampshire.

His need to keep the affair secretive was exacerbated when his son John, a bomber pilot, was captured by the Germans. Even after release, the young man remained traumatised by his experience, which included threats of execution.

When the war ended, John Winant remained in London, waiting for Sarah to divorce her husband. But the actress, 25 years younger than him, instead focussed on her career.

A Sad And Untimely End

He returned to the United States a brokenhearted man with debts. In addition, he was dissatisfied with the three volume book series he wrote, despite the fact they were accepted for publication.

November 3, 1947, saw the release of his first book. That day, he spoke to Sarah Churchill by phone. Shortly after, he walked into his son’s bedroom with his revolver, and shot himself.

Sadly, suicide at that time was both a felony and a sin. St Paul’s refused to allow John Winant’s burial in the church grounds. Instead, he was buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery until 1968. By then, attitudes were changing, so permission was given for exhumation and reburial at St Paul’s. His final resting place is now in accordance with his known wishes.

Who Was Sir Robert Gordon Menzies?

Robert Gordon Menzies is notable for being the first Australian Prime Minister born to two Australian born parents. Service twice as Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1939 to 1941 and again from 1949 to 1966, his 18 years of national leadership make him Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.

Australian Politics

Before entering politics, Robert Menzies received a law degree from the University of Melbourne and established himself as one of Melbourne’s leading lawyers.

His career in politics started in 1932, when he spent two years as Deputy Premier of Victoria. Transferring to federal parliament, he won the roles of Attorney-General and Minister for Industry. Then in April 1939 the death of Joseph Lyons, the leader of the United Australia Party (UAP), led to Robert Menzies’s election to leadership and appointment as prime minister.

Australia entered the Second World War in September 1939. In 1941 Robert Menzies travelled to London, to attend Chuchill’s War Cabinet meetings. Unfortunately, he was away for four months. By the time he returned it was too late to rescue his control of the UAP. He subsequently resigned as prime minister. 

Robert Menzies now frequently appeared in the media, including a series of weekly radio broadcasts reaching audiences across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. He also continued working as a backbench MP. It was during this period he received his honorary degree at the University of Bristol.

By 1945, he had helped create the new Liberal Party, which led to his second term as Prime Minister 1949–1966.

Retirement From Politics

Once retired, he was showered with honorary degrees and fellowships, and held a number of official appointments.

In 1971 Robert Menzies suffered his first stroke, which permanently paralysed one side of his body. However, he remained active and cheerful until 15 May 1978, when he suffered a fatal heart attack while reading in his study at his Melbourne home. Then followed one of the largest state funerals ever held in Australia, on a day that more than 100,000 people turned out to line the streets of Melbourne.

Churchill In Bristol Harbour Hotel Ceremony (1945)

This footage from British Pathé shows Winston Churchill arriving at and participating in an official ceremony in Bristol. He’s in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by a contingent of mounted policemen. Also in the carriage is the city’s Mayor, an officer in uniform and a man wearing a peculiar hat.

In the background, you can see the bomb damaged buildings. It takes your breath away. But the crowds of well wishers have turned out in force. You can see a lot of very clear shots of local people. They are overjoyed to see Winston Churchill in their city.

This footage of Churchill’s visit from 1945 is almost certainly inside The Bristol Harbour Hotel. The patterned glass windows with metal framework still exist today.

One noticeable difference is the style of columns. In 1945 they appeared to be one solid column. Today they are elegant double columns. 

Churchill In Bristol Ceremony (1945): British Pathé

Bristol After The Bombs Volume 1

The Luftwaffe’s bombing raids during the Second World War devastated much of central Bristol’s historic streets. During the rebuilding programme of the 1950s, a new shopping centre emerged in Broadmead.

Until it was virtually wiped out in 1940, Castle Street was Bristol’s principal shopping area. The planners decided that Broadmead was to be the post-war retail centre. Stores such as Woolworths and Marks & Spencer were among the first of the new arrivals in the early 1950s. Towards the end of the decade, the huge structures of Lewis’s and Jones’ dominated the scene.

“Bristol After The Bombs DVD” from YouTube Channel 1st Take Ltd

Bristol After The Bombs Volume 2

Exploring how Bristol arose in the 1950s from the ashes of the Blitz, this video explains much of the thinking which was to define Bristol’s planning system for many years.

In addition to almost an hour of archive footage, the extensive use of maps and modern film provides the perfect ‘past and present’ comparison.

“Bristol After The Bombs Volume 2” from 1st Take Ltd.

Bristol Vintage Film, Late 1940s

This 1940s footage showcases various aspects of life in Bristol, focusing on its landmarks, industries, culture, and people. It starts with scenes around the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Hotwells, the city center, and a church. It depicts the streets, docks, and the living conditions, contrasting the Colonnade in Clifton with slum housing and bomb damage in the center. The footage then shifts to industrial scenes, including workers leaving factories and various manufacturing processes like wine, tobacco, chocolate, and printing. Aerial views capture the city’s landscape, docks, and Avon Gorge. The video also features leisure activities, such as children playing, visits to the zoo, and theater performances. It ends with glimpses of historical statues, council meetings, emergency services in action, and the construction of new housing estates. Throughout the video, there is a focus on the people of Bristol, highlighting various age groups and their everyday activities in the city.

“Bristol, 1940s – Film 13107” from YouTube channel HuntleyFilmArchives.

The City In The 1950s

Clifton Suspension Bridge Maintenance In 1953

This footage from 1953 focuses on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol and its maintenance activities, providing a comprehensive view of the bridge’s structure and the work involved in its upkeep.

It captures scenes of an electrician lowering bulbs down the bridge, a man walking and sliding along the suspension rail, and workmen fixing lamps in sockets both on top of the bridge and on the pavement below.

The footage shows various angles of the bridge, including low angle shots looking up at men fixing lamps on the rail and high angle shots of men on top of the bridge with ropes.

There are panoramic views from the top of the bridge, capturing the adjacent countryside, river, and more.

“Clifton Suspension Bridge (1953)” from YouTube channel British Pathé

Victorian Buildings In Postwar Bristol, 1950s

Take a walk around the postwar city before the developers moved in.

Footage includes a road with numerous houses, including austere houses of different sizes and terraced houses, factories, an industrial chimney, an elegant house with trees on either side, a building in Greek style with pillars and a merchants’ coat of arms on the wall, and a view of a gate adorned with a lion statue on a plinth beneath a willow tree.

Victorian Era In Bristol, 1950s – Film 96137” from YouTube channel HuntleyFilmArchives.

A Postwar Street In Bristol In The 1950s

An old photo of one of Bristol’s postwar streets, with repetitions and music added.

BRISTOL 1950s” from YouTube channel Anthony Blake.

The City In The 1960s

Driving Around Bristol In The 1960s

A 1960s drive around the city. Includes the docks, St Mary Redcliffe, Bridewell, Temple Way to Lawrence Hill.

“A drive around Bristol in the 1960s” by Bristol Guy.

Bristol In The 1960’s

“Bristol in the 1960’s” by YouTube channel SwanEntertainment1.

Rolls Royce Newspaper Boy: 1967

An amusing short film about Edwin Hopper, a sixth form student at Ashton Park Secondary School who lived with his family at 16 Caledonia Place. His sister also attened the same sixth form.

He delivers newspapers around the city – in his 1929 Rolls Royce car.

Rolls Royce Newspaper Boy In Bristol (1967)” by British Pathé.

Vintage Film of Bristol: 1967

Footage of the city in 1967.

“Bristol (1967)” by British Pathé. Bristol, Avon

M32 Construction In Bristol, 1968-1971

The video captures the construction of the M32/Parkway motorway, filmed in color between 1968 and 1971 by the Stoke Park Institute.

We see The Dower House set in its grounds before the motorway was built. It includes the process of emptying the original Duchess’s lake, the demolition of the thirteen arches in Eastville, and finally, the opening of this stretch of the motorway in 1971.

“M32/The Parkway, Bristol. Under construction. Part 2” by Tom Andrews.

Bristol’s Anti Litter Week: 1967

Recorded on 17 July 1967, this footage reminds us that litter has caused problems for decades.

Here students descend on the city in their ‘I Am Not An Untidy So And So’ campaign T-shirts, brooms at the ready, accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Alderman F. C. Vyvyan-Jones.

Bristol Holds Anti Litter Week (1967) by British Pathé.

The City In The 1970s

BBC Bristol 1973 Documentary (Part 1 of 3)

Take a look back at BBC Bristol in 1973.

“There’s no time to do any knitting, certainly not for the charming girls on our main telephone switchboard.”

“BBC Bristol 1973 documentary part ⅓” from Keith Rodgerson

BBC Bristol 1973 Documentary (Part 2 of 3)

Who didn’t love Animal Magic? Here’s your chance to see what happened in the background.

In the Young Film Maker 1972 episode of search, we meet 12 year old Michael Chappell, from Wolverton. Apparently the BBC received about 200 film entries in their competition, which is very surprising given how few families had access to expensive film recording equipment at the time.

“BBC Bristol 1973 documentary part ⅔” from Keith Rodgerson

BBC Bristol 1973 Documentary (Part 3 of 3)

“And now pumpkins. Well, they may not feature much on your menu, but on the continent they certainly enjoy them. In America they scoop them out and put candles in them for Halloween… I can’t say it .. pumpkins, it sounds rude…now how about pumkins..doesn’t sound much better”.

The lateness of Mrs Alison Midwood and her pumpkins then causes a few problems for the team.

But the leading story for the day is even more surprising. A man lit and cigarette, then threw the match down the drain, and it caused a gas explosion!

“BBC Bristol 1973 documentary part 3/3” from Keith Rodgerson

Bristol Charter’s 600 Year Celebration: 1973

This is a 4-minute clip from a film made in 1973. It records the celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of the granting of the charter by King Edward III which gave Bristol the right to call itself a County.

“Bristol 600” by Bristol Film and Video Society.

Bristol Docks 1973

“Bristol Docks 1973” by Powerboat Archive.

Bristol’s City, People and Cars: 1973

Vintage home movie footage of Bristol around 1973 or 1974 showing the street scenes, people and cars of the city. Shops have changed hands in Park street and the roads are busier now.

“Bristol street scenes 1970s amateur home movie cine footage of city, people and cars” by moviescan.co.uk.

Adventure Playgrounds: 1974

This film made the case for committed funding for Adventure Play, back in the 1970s.

“Adventure Playgrounds, Bristol, 1974” by London Play.

Bristol Docks: 1974

“Bristol Docks 1974” by Powerboat Archive.

Bristol Docks: 1976

“Bristol Docks 1976” by Powerboat Archive.

Bristol City Bus Tour: 1976

“Bristol City Bus Tour 1976” by Bristol City Eastend WTMS. Bristol City Bus Tour 1976 Promotion.

Silver Jubilee: 1977

Footage of Bristol City Centre, discovered on a car boot sale cine reel!


Bristol Docks: 1978

“Bristol Docks 1978” by Powerboat Archive.

The City In The 1980s

Train To Bristol and Cardiff 1980s

A trip to Bristol Temple Meads station, Cardiff and Severn Tunnel Junction.

A presentation set to movie showing a trip to Bristol Temple Meeds station, Cardiff and Severn Tunnel Junction in 1984 BR Blue reigned supreme.

“Trains from our past take 1 (looking back to the 80’s)” by MikesMovies.

Ashton Court Festival: 1986

A film from 1986 of the Bristol free festival found on a VHS tape. It also includes some student film based on the nativity with plastic toys.


The City In The 1990s

Bristol’s Maritime History

A look at Bristol’s maritime history. Filmed in the late 1980s/early 1990s?

“Maritime Bristol” by JayBee6011.

Bristol Street Scenes: 1990s

Street scenes from the 1990s.

“1990s Bristol, UK, Street Scenes” by thekinolibrary.

Night Drive Through Bristol, 1990s

1990s Bristol at night.

“1990s Drive Through Bristol at Night” by thekinolibrary.

Bristol Shopping Centre at Christmas, 1990s

1990s Bristol shopping centre at Christmas.

“1990s Bristol Shopping Centre at Christmas” by thekinolibrary.

The City In The 21st Century

Bristol: Easter 2007

A walk around the city on a sunny day in the Spring of 2007.

“My life in Bristol” by YouTube channel braiscelme.

BBC Bristol Banksy City

We may not know who Banksy is, but we all know this famous artist is from Bristol!

“BBC Bristol Banksy City” by Yezidism07. Bristol Banksy City.

Bristol People Freeze: 2008

Bristol’s first People Freeze took place in the city centre of Bristol on the 15th March 2008 at 13:30.

“People Freeze Bristol” by YouTube Channel bobs3dot.

Cabot Circus In Flashmob Freeze: 2009

Just 1 month after starting his Flashmob group and event on Facebook, creator, Mathew White had 2500 people! The aim? To create one of the best FlashMob scenes so far.

On February 28th, 2009, close to a thousand people froze in place for 5 minutes in Bristol’s Cabot Circus shopping mall!

“Flashmob: Cabot Circus, Bristol.” by Mathew White.

Bristol’s ‘Thekla’ Nightclub

“A brief history and insight into Bristol’s most unique club.”

“The ‘Thekla’ Documentary – Bristol.” by bristol5on1.

From The Bristol Zoo Archives, 1920s Onwards

Footage from the Bristol Zoo archives from as early as the 1920s.

“Bristol Zoo old footage” by YouTube Channel Bristol Zoo.

Bristol’s Lost Music Venue, The Croft

A short film about one of Bristol’s must loved music venues. Includes interviews from those who knew it best, looking at what made it special.

“The Croft – End of an Era” by YouTube channel RataplanFilms.

Demolition of Bristol City Docks Bonded Warehouses

Demolition of the old bonded warehouse in Bristol City docks. Huge crowds turned out to see this historic event.

“Demolition of Bonded Warehouses, Bristol City Docks” by JayBee6011.

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