Writing Our History: Building Our Future

Project date Monday, July 20, 2020

Did you used to play at Felix Road Adventure playground between the 1970s and today? Did you attend raves at Easton Community Centre in the 1990s? Have you worked or volunteered for Felix Road Adventure Playground, Easton Community Centre, Up our Street (or Community at Heart) over the years? Are you interested in local history? Then read on!

At the end of April 2020, three east Bristol community organisations - Up Our Street, Felix Road Adventure Playground and Easton Community Centre - merged into one organisation. To celebrate us coming together, we want to research and write the histories of each of our three organisations in the context of the changing communities of our part of Bristol. Each organisation has an important and long history of its own; Felix Road Adventure Playground has been an integral part of Easton since it was established by volunteers in 1972. Easton Community Centre was established in 1989 and has served the community in different ways from raves in the 1990s to a Food Distribution centre during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Up Our Street has evolved through a number of guises and name changes including Community at Heart in the 1990s and has been an important voice for community development and advocacy through often tumultuous times. The combined history of our three organisations and the areas they are a part of, spanning the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 21st century tells an important story about community resilience and change over 50 years.

We want to write our histories together and with our communities through methodologies of co-production, drawing on archival material but more so through the 'archive' of the community itself - stories collected through oral histories, photographs and film, artefacts and material culture. We want to share this history in creative and imaginative ways.

To get involved or find out more about the project contact Tracy Edwards-Brown