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.

A History of the Great Reading Adventure: Photo Gallery

The first Bristol Great Reading Adventure took place in 2003 with a mass-read of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Thousands of people took part, enjoying the thrills of a classic adventure story and using the support material and activities to find out more about Bristol’s seafaring past.

Since then we’ve read John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids (2004) and learnt about Bristol’s connection to environmental campaigns and green issues; The Siege (2005) by Bristol-based author Helen Dunmore to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War; Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days (2006) as part of the region-wide Brunel 200 programme which celebrated nineteenth-century innovations in transport; Andrea Levy’s Small Island (2007) to examine the continuing legacy of the slave trade, which had been abolished 200 years before; Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr’s Bristol Story (2008), a 200-page graphic history of the city; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (2009), linked to learning about evolution in the year that marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th of the birth of Doyle; and The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder, a celebration of flight since 1910, the year that the Bristol Aeroplane Company was founded.

Adam Hart-Davis with Andrew Kelly at launch of The Day of the Triffids project, 2004 (photographer credit: Martin Chainey).

2004 Great Reading Adventure promotional image created by Aardman Animations (copyright).

Local school pupils at launch event for the 2005 Great Reading Adventure (photographer Martin Chainey).

Curator Sue Giles with World War Two archive material at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, helping to promote the 2005 Great Reading Adventure (photographer Martin Chainey).

 Young readers en route to Swindon on the launch day of the 2006 Great Reading Adventure (photographer credit: Neil Phillips).

Launch day visit to local school by Lord Mayor Peter Abrahams for the 2006 Great Reading Adventure (photographer Martin Chainey).

Audience at launch event for 2007 Great Reading Adventure.

Ruth Pitter and Valerie Mower of the artists' group Our Stories Makes Waves helping to promote the 2007 Great Reading Adventure (photographer Laura Thorne)..

Pupil at Hannah More Primary with The Bristol Story, 2008 (photographer Martin Chainey).

Launch event for the 2008 Great Reading Adventure (photographer Martin Chainey).

Pupils at Hillfields Primary helping to launch the 2009 Great Reading Adventure (photographer Melanie Kelly).

Brunel Scouts distributing copies of The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder (photographer Melanie Kelly).

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