Be a changemaker

Our vision is a world where every person is celebrated for who they are, rooted in history and heritage, and empowered to be a changemaker. We welcome all ages, political views and social groups. Our aim is to connect people to learn about the past, and make positive change for the future.

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You can dive right into our six signature activities: poetry, recipes, street histories, family histories, monuments and changemaking. Have fun joining in, and send us what you make. Have a look around our What You have Shared Gallery. You'll discover an abundance of different stories that make up our communities.

  • 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

    Did you know that there is a global 'I Am From' poetry project? People all over the world have…

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  • Recipes

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

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  • Street Histories

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

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  • Family Histories

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

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  • Memorials

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

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  • Changemakers

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

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Support our campaigns, or even become a Bridging Histories Ambassador

We run events and activities, campaigns, educational programming, and community engagement consultancy. At the heart of Bridging Histories is our incredible community of Ambassadors. We have funded more than 30 fabulous ambassadors to run activities such as launching the St Pauls Community Forum, launch of the UK's first aboriginal-owned art gallery (Coe Gallery), Poetry Slams, Emancipation Day Celebration, "I am from" poetry and song workshops, Barton Hill Heritage Trails, a virtual museum of Croydon murals, intergenerational interviews between Yoruba-speaking children and grownups, and more. The capstone of our year is our annual 3-week international summer school on "Arts, Activism and Social Justice" with University of Bristol and the Fulbright Commission.

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Bridging History Partners

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.