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Bristol Dockers

Stories from the docks

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An Oral History Project

This project combines new and existing oral history interviews with former dockers, creating a soundscape that brings their voices back into the city.

A large container ship being unloaded of its cargo of timber, several trucks fully laden leave the dockside. 1960s.

Photo credit: Bristol Archives: 40826/DOC/43

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Ernest Daniels (right)

Photo credit: Pat Poole

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Dockside Soundscape

You can listen to the dockers' stories here or through the QR codes on signs around the harbour (they look like the ones in the photo!).


If you have a little more time, why not do the full walking tour along the former docks? It takes around 40 minutes and is designed for a leisurely pace, giving you time to take photographs or stop to imagine the scene.

Start beneath the cranes at M Shed, and walk up to Nova Scotia Place by Underfall Yard. It's a straightforward walk - just look out for signs for the Harbourside Walk!

Don't forget to tweet about your walk, or share some of your photos, using the hashtag #bristoldockers!

The project is run by Dr Amy King at the University of Bristol. It is kindly funded by the SWW DTP.

A puppetry and oral history event held on board the Bristol Ferry to celebrate Docks Heritage Weekend 2018 & 2019.