Journey to Justice Bristol


Bristol is proud to host the Journey to Justice travelling exhibition alongside a host of city-wide events this coming October 2017.

They have been working with a wide range of community groups, public organisations volunteers and supporters in Bristol who share their commitment to honour the history of social justice. Their aim is to inspire everyone to learn from the past in order to fight for their rights now and in the future.

To highlight past and present struggles for social justice, a full programme of exciting and innovative exhibitions, arts events, public debates, historic walking tours, training programmes, practical workshops and installations will be held across the city during October. We’re also co-producing with Stokes Croft China and local artists a commemorative range of mugs featuring 12 of Bristol’s social justice campaigners over the past 300 years.

Everyone is welcome to the events, many of which are free. Don’t miss the ‘Hands Across the City’ solidarity march on 29th October, which coincides with a march across the Tyne on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle.


4th – 29th October  Journey to Justice Exhibition

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ
Mon – Fri 08:00–16:30, Sat/Sun 08:00–15:30, evenings TBC

The travelling exhibition on the US civil rights movement tells the extraordinary story of some of the less well-known women, men and children involved, its music and its links to the UK. It questions: What it is that makes a human rights movement succeed? How can choices made by ordinary people lead to significant social and political change?

Journey to Justice Bristol exhibition also on display includes:
– A timeline of Bristol’s long and vibrant history of social activism and social justice to the present day.
– Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963 which paved the path for UK legislation on race equality.
– Peaches Golding, a family’s journey to Justice – from slavery to human rights campaigning to England’s first black High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant.
– Refusing To Kill – Bristol’s WWI conscientious objectors.

We are in the process of organising school and community visits to the exhibition at Bristol Cathedral, including intergenerational guided tours of the exhibition.

4th – 5th October  Daughters of Igbo Woman, untold stories of  The Georgian House

The Bearpit, St. James Barton Roundabout, Bristol BS1 3LY, 17:00pm – 19:00pm

Marking 250 years anniversary of Frances (Fanny) Coker’s birth this multimedia event charts three generations in three continents separated by the transatlantic slave trade. As a freed slave, Fanny was maidservant to Mrs Pinney of the Georgian House. Hear her story from the UK and those of her mother Igbo Polly’s story from Nevis and her grandmother’s, an Igbo woman from Eastern Nigeria. Find out more about the project


7th October St Paul’s Youth Workshop

Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH
Time TBC

History based sessions for young people aged 11-16 with the aim of challenging misconceptions around ideas of race and migration. Workshop led by Nayah Yetunde and Hannah John. Find out more and book


8th October Journey to Justice Bristol in Film

Millennium Square, Bristol BS1 5LL
Showing throughout the day

A 15 minute medley of film highlights archive footage from the work of leading documentary filmmakers Colin Thomas, David Parker and others, on Bristol’s history of social justice along with a short film on the work of Journey to Justice.


14th October  Poetry for Social Justice Workshop

The Station, Silver Street. Bristol BS1 2AG, 14:00pm – 16:15pm

A poetry workshop for up to 12 people looking at six figures in Bristol’s history (three men, three women) who have done pioneering work to bring about social justice and their stories. We will write two poems and do a close reading of poetry from the Amnesty International book of political poets, “Fire in the Soul”. The aim is to inspire the participants through their connection with these campaigners and lead them through a process to each group member writing some great poems. Sarah Scotthorne, poet and publisher will lead this workshop.

£10, concessions £5. Email to find out more and book

Journey to Justice Exhibition

You are warmly invited to join Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor, at the Journey to Justice travelling exhibition on the theme of social justice on Friday 13th October, 10.30 – 11.30am at Bristol Cathedral. The exhibition also makes the connections with the histories of struggles for social justice in Bristol and the UK.

The event will include an opportunity for you to view the exhibition and hear the Mayor’s views on Bristol and social justice. We are also pleased to have the company of Catherine Hall, wife of the late eminent professor Sir Stuart Hall.

The exhibition itself takes place between 4-29th October; it is open everyday showcasing some of the lesser-well known stories about the US Civil Rights Movement.  Free admission.

If you are able to attend on 13th October please contact Sue Farwell at: to book your place

17th October  Strangers to the City: Untold Stories of Ethnic Minorities and Refugees in Bristol, c. 1200-1963

Meet at the Bristol Bus Boycott Plaque in the Bristol Coach Station, 11:00am

A Future Cities and JtoJBristol city walk follows some untold stories about ethnic minorities and refugees in Bristol from 1290 to 1963. An artist will accompany walkers who will be invited to sketch their own impressions stimulated by the places we visit. For people over 10 years of age. Duration 2 hours.

Free Booking required link TBC