Nurturing futures through histories

A free learning project for everyone. We welcome all ages, political views and social groups. Our aim is to connect people, learn about the past, and create positive change for the future.



Join by completing at least one of the activities below. Send us what you make, and we'll add it to our website. You can participate as an individual, or as a group. Through these activities, we will:

  • Learn about who we were in the past and who we are today

  • Develop skills and confidence
  • Be more connected
  • Inspire each other to create positive change
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  • Poems and Pictures

    Where we are from has a deep and lasting effect on who we are. We invite you to share something…

    View Poems and Pictures Activity
  • Recipes

    The food we choose to eat says a lot about us - both as individuals and as a community. We’d like…

    View Recipes Activity
  • Street Histories

    Have you ever stopped to think about the history of your street and your home? When was your street…

    View Street Histories Activity
  • Family Histories

    Why not learn something new about your family history? Once you have something to share, have a…

    View Family Histories Activity
  • Monuments

    Have you noticed there are memorials all around us? We can see them in street names, place names,…

    View Monuments Activity
  • Changemakers

    Being a changemaker can be a powerful thing. Do something to make a positive change in yourself, or…

    View Changemakers Activity
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Chance to win £100 to £1000!

If joining from Bristol or London, you will be considered for our Summer Stars Competition and Changemakers Competition! You might win £100 - £1,000, a mentoring session to develop your ideas further, merchandise, or a chance to be featured in our Summer Stars series, where we'll host people from different walks of life to share what they have made. If you complete 3+ activities, you'll be eligible for a Bridging Histories Certificate of Participation from University of Bristol. Just email or snail mail with 'Certificate' in the title, and a copy of your completed activities.

What You Have Shared

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Bridging History Partners

Bridging Histories started as an initiative of the We Are Bristol History Commission and University of Bristol. The London Commission on Diversity in the Public Realm has now launched Bridging Histories in London, and the team is working with partners across both cities including the London Mayor, Rising Arts Agency, Bristol Archives, the Bristol Legacy Steering Group, Barton Hill History Group, East and South East Solidarity Group Bristol, One Bristol Curriculum, 91 Ways, University of the West of England, Bristol Beacon, Bristol Mayor's Office, and many more groups in Bristol and beyond. We are funded by the ESRC Impact Accelerator Awards, UKRI Citizen Science, the London Mayor's Office and University of Bristol. We hope people will run with this project globally, and join in with Bridging Histories activities in cities and towns all over the world.