Bristol’s history will be explored by the city’s first ever history commission, which formally launched this week.
Alongside professional historians, the history commission also includes a wide-range of academics from sectors including philosophy, trade unions, arts and culture, and law.
Chaired by Professor Tim Cole from the University of Bristol’s Department of History, the commission was brought together to explore Bristol’s past following an announcement by the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees in June 2020.
The Mayor invited the commission to help Bristol better understand it’s history and how we have become the city we are today. The commission was initiated after the events of this summer and its work will include the history of slavery as well as the full scope of events that have impacted the city.
The commission will include the building and removal of the Colston statue as a departure point and it will also consider