Bristol 2014 The City And Conflict From The First World War To The Present Day

Bristol 2014 is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership

First World War Centenary Partnership Programme

Bristol 2014 is supported by:

Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England Bristol City Council Business West Society of Merchant Venturers University of the West of England

It is coordinated by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Image credits:
Soldier & Cenotaph - Bristol Post. 'Do you want a fern basket like this' – © IWM (Art.IWM PST 8129)

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Bristol 2014 was an extensive programme of activity marking the centenary of the start of the First World War and looking at other conflicts that have had an impact on the city over the last century.

We are no longer updating this website as the programme officially finished in March 2015, but you can still read the old News items and the specially commissioned Articles; learn about some of the objects in the major exhibition Moved by Conflict that was held at M Shed; read about the Great Reading Adventure; see details of the extensive range of Arts Projects that took place; and make use of resources which include an historic Timeline, a guide on how to research Your Family History, the Great War Stories Map and App, Digital Stories and Links to other websites and information.

Bristol 2014 was a partnership project. Details of funders, sponsors and other supporters are on the About page.

Comments on Bristol 2014

Bristol 2014 is an excellent project and has helped us learn from and inform partners. As a result of contacts we have made through Bristol 2014 we anticipate making our historical research available to a wider audience.

… with talks, concerts or films the whole of Bristol should be proud that a fantastic free or a little fee event was on offer to educate us in this year about our past.

The events relating to WW1 have been excellent…  I liked the very eclectic and varied scope of these events.

I think the project has been absolutely brilliant and has revealed many hitherto hidden facets of the First World War and Bristol. The range of activities has been impressive and has engaged many different communities in Bristol and beyond.

The general meetings organised by Bristol 2014, bringing together a range of partners who were commemorating/researching the history of 1914, were extremely useful to us. They were a very good way of finding out what other people were doing, making contacts and sharing information. They have enabled us to develop the historical research work we have been undertaking ….  and share the results with a wider audience.

The Bristol 2014 group has proved invaluable in providing support and critical friendship as we developed a complicated series of visual arts events in the city and further afield. The quality of those events and the warm reception they received is evidence of the strength of this partnership group and the leadership provided by [BCDP]. Given the scale of achievements in Bristol during this centenary year I would argue that this group could prove an interesting test-bed for evaluation as an exemplar model of inter-disciplinary collaboration.

It has been a pleasure to work with such a varied and enthusiastic group, from across Bristol and across so many fields of interest.  Each party has been able to contribute from their own specialism while expanding their own, and others', understanding of the many facets of those tumultuous years. I believe Bristolians and outside visitors will have gained a lot from the many events; I certainly have.  The successful and good-humoured collaboration of this Group owes much to the hard work of ....  BCDP. I hope we may contribute to future projects organised by them.

Bristol Libraries were delighted to have the opportunity to take part in Bristol 2014. It helped us to focus our autumn events programme and WW1 commemorations, build audiences for events through the excellent publicity, and to form lasting partnerships with a variety of organisations.

Great project: delighted to have been involved.

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