Photo credit: Bristol Archives: 40826/DOC/31
The dockers' stories are also accessible via the QR codes on Bristol Dockers signs around the harbourside
I started this project in 2018 with the aim of bringing the dockers' voices back into the city.
I've listened to the many oral history interviews held by M Shed, Underfall Yard and SS Great Britain, and done my own new interviews with people who worked in or around the docks before they closed in the 1970s. Learning about the docks and the brilliantly funny dockers has been an absolute pleasure, and I am so grateful to them for sharing their stories.
Some of the clips you hear were taken from interviews done by the Bristol-based writer A. C. H. Smith during his research in the late 1990s for the much-loved play Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth. I am so grateful to Anthony for allowing me to use this material, and very much looking forward to working on a performance piece together. The Names, The Names will be coming to a stage near you in 2019!
This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of the SWW DTP. The beautiful illustrations of dockers and the iconic crane are the work of London-based illustrator Tess Redburn. Audio wizadry was provided by L J C Audio Solutions. I am also grateful to the Bristol Archives for allowing me to use their wonderful photographs.
If you'd like to find out more about the project, or if you have memories to share, please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you! Don't forget to tweet about your walk or share some of your photos, using the hashtag #bristoldockers! You can also follow the project on Twitter @bristoldockers
Dr Amy King, University of Bristol