The University of Bristol have a new project researching Bristol’s industrial history. A report written by Dr James Watts and Lena Ferriday has just been published, uncovering the history of the former gasworks, 65 Avon Street, St Philips. The company introduced gas and gas lighting to the city, and this research highlights both the positive and negative impacts of this new technology for the city: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/bristol-digital-futures-institute/documents/Bristols%20Gas%20Industry%20BDFI%20Report.pdf.

The university is now appealing for local people to come forward with memories, images, documents or artefacts associated with the Gas Shed or Retort House, the former headquarters of the Bristol Gas Company or its later use as the Vauxhall Drive Garage. They have a survey for people to share stories and footage set up here: https://forms.office.com/r/qXjipHqVip. They are also looking for participants in oral history interviews, who can sign up here: https://forms.office.com/r/AHubwNqV96.

There is more information on the project here: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/june/innovation-hub-history.html


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