We launched Bridging Histories one year after the Colston statue fell, in partnership with the Bristol History Commission and London Mayor's Office. We now have nearly 50 Bridging Histories Ambassadors, mostly in the the US and UK, with our core leadership team being based in St Pauls, Bristol. We are frequently approached by museums, private companies, local councils, housing developers, police, charities, and schools interested in partnering with Bridging Histories to creatively address difficulty history and inspire positive change.
We are striving to create a more peaceful culture and a more equitable society, where people appreciate and respect each other, and where every person is empowered to grow in their own unique way. We do this from the grassroots up, by inviting people of all walks of life to share their stories, explore the past, and make positive changes they want to see.
Our partners have included the London Mayor's Culture Team, CultureTree, Museum of Diversity, Numbi Arts, the Mile End Project, Joseph Clarke School, Rising Arts Agency, Barton Hill History Group, Life 2020, Coe Gallery, Leukaemia Care, Unicornfest, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Kuumba Creativity, St Pauls Learning Centre, the Rastafari Culture Centre, Afidance, The Road Project, Bristol Beacon, St Paul's Carnival, East and South East Asian Solidarity Group Bristol, Glen's Kitchen, Aspiration Creation Elevation, Pamper and Love, Artspace Lifespace, YellowButterfly, Bristol Urban Forum and many more groups in Bristol, London and beyond. We have had funding from a number of sources including an AHRC Impact Accelerator Award, ESRC Impact Accelerator Award, UKRI Citizen Science, the London Mayor's Office, University of Bristol Enterprise Fellowship and commercialization team, Royal Academy of Engineering, Fulbright Commission, Henry Sachs Foundation and Heritage Lottery. We are working towards setting up Bridging Histories Chapters, and hope people will run with this project globally, and join in with Bridging Histories activities in cities and towns all over the world.