Puppet History Walk

Otherstory will be developing a Bedminster-based history walk with puppets, in Jan – March 2019.

The walk will uncover the hidden histories of local people who resisted the First World War. It will take people round the actual locations where the war resisters lived, worked, met together and in some cases hid from the authorities. We’ll be using a mixture of puppetry, readings from historic texts, and songs from the period to bring their stories to life.

We’re looking for people to help make it happen! We’ll be running a series of workshops, where you can get involved in:

  • Researching local conscientious objectors and war resisters

  • Making or dressing puppets

  • Making props and scenery

  • Finding photos from the time to use in the walk

  • Choosing and editing text from the time

And if you’d like to be part of the walk itself:

  • Practising some puppetry

  • Learning songs from the period

  • Helping to plan or steward the walk

The project is aimed at adults, and young people 14 and over. You can be involved in the whole project; or just come to one or two workshops, to do something you enjoy.

Research workshops are on:

Sat 12th Jan 2-4pm at Bristol Archives, Create Centre, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN.

-Researching specific people, their families and social networks; specific sites and places (including photos)

Sat 26th Jan 2-4pm at Bedminster Library, 4 Bedminster Pde, Bristol BS3 4AQ

-Looking at themes that connect people and places; selecting material that relate to these themes from what has been assembled in previous researches.  Actual historical material / documents/ photos from Bristol Libraries will also be available at this workshop

Puppetry workshops are at Windmill Hill City Farm (Art room), Philip Street. Bristol BS3 4EA – on:

Sun 10th Feb 2-4pm  Visual storytelling: using photos and drawings; combining words and images. Building physical frameworks for visual storytelling

Sun 24th Feb 2-4pm Making puppets for the street environment. Creating portable props, scenes and backdrops (to be revealed along the way!).

Sun 10th March 2-4pm  “Dressing” puppets and decorating sets etc. Working on the “vehicle” to transport our kit and be part of the show (bike or pram or cart).  Continuing work on projects started in earlier sessions

Sun 24th Mar 2-4pm Finishing off puppets and sets etc.  Practicing some puppetry.


Workshops are free to attend, but booking is essential for all workshops.  If you’d like to take part, please fill in this form.

Hiding Places and Hidden Histories is supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and University of Bristol.  It is part of the national Commemoration, Conflict and Conscience project: both Taking a Holiday and the Puppet History Walk will feature in its culminating festival in Bristol in April 2019

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