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The Colston Statue: What next? ‘We are Bristol’ History commission - Visual short report (2022)
Report
Cole, T., Birch-Brown, J., Sobers, S., Tinknell, E., Poole, S., Burton, E., & Costley, N. (2022). The Colston Statue: What next? ‘We are Bristol’ History commission - Visual short report. Bristol: Bristol City Council

This version of the report contains images and presents the findings of the research in an accessable format. In the summer of 2021, the ‘We are Bristol’ History Commission consulted with the public about the future of the Colston statue and the C... Read More about The Colston Statue: What next? ‘We are Bristol’ History commission - Visual short report.

The Colston Statue: What Next? ‘We are Bristol’ History Commission - Full Report (2022)
Report
Cole, T., Burch-Brown, J., Sobers, S., Burton, E., Tinknell, E., Costley, N., & Poole, S. (2022). The Colston Statue: What Next? ‘We are Bristol’ History Commission - Full Report. Bristol: Bristol City Council

In the summer of 2021, the ‘We are Bristol’ History Commission consulted with the public about the future of the Colston statue and the Colston plinth. People had a chance to see the statue and learn about its history in a temporary display at the M... Read More about The Colston Statue: What Next? ‘We are Bristol’ History Commission - Full Report.

4 ‘The instinct for hero worship works blindly’: English radical democrats and the problem of memorialization (2020)
Journal Article
Poole, S. (2020). 4 ‘The instinct for hero worship works blindly’: English radical democrats and the problem of memorialization. Patterns of Prejudice, 54(5), 503-512. https://doi.org/10.1080/0031322X.2021.1942402

Poole’s essay explores a number of historical precedents for today’s debates concerning statuary memorialization. Early-nineteenth-century radicals shared many of the same discussions and tactics that feature in modern controversies over memorial sta... Read More about 4 ‘The instinct for hero worship works blindly’: English radical democrats and the problem of memorialization.

"Some examples should be made": Prosecuting reform bill rioters in 1831-32 (2018)
Book Chapter
Poole, S. (2018). "Some examples should be made": Prosecuting reform bill rioters in 1831-32. In M. T. Davis, E. Macleod, & G. Pentland (Eds.), Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793—1848 (237-263). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98959-4_10

Following the House of Lords’ rejection of the parliamentary Reform Bill in the autumn of 1831, severe rioting broke out in a number of English towns. In the judicial retribution that followed, some 259 people were prosecuted, seven of them hanged an... Read More about "Some examples should be made": Prosecuting reform bill rioters in 1831-32.

The politics of 'protest heritage', 1790-1850 (2018)
Book Chapter
Poole, S. (2018). The politics of 'protest heritage', 1790-1850. In C. J. Griffin, & B. McDonagh (Eds.), In Remembering Protest in Britain Since 1500: Memory, Materiality and Landscape (187-213). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74243-4_8

Acts and marks of commemoration, from anniversary dinners to monuments and statues, were vital components in the production of English democratic culture in the ‘age of revolutions’. But strategies for remembering were not always consensual and refor... Read More about The politics of 'protest heritage', 1790-1850.

Bristol from Below: Law, Authority and Protest in a Georgian City (2017)
Book
Poole, S., & Rogers, N. (2017). Bristol from Below: Law, Authority and Protest in a Georgian City. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer

Bristol from Below captures the substance and scale of popular politics and protest in Bristol over the course of the long eighteenth century. It charts the lives of ordinary Bristolians in the making of their city and devotes particular attention to... Read More about Bristol from Below: Law, Authority and Protest in a Georgian City.

Ghosts in the Garden: locative gameplay and historical interpretation from below (2017)
Journal Article
Poole, S. (2018). Ghosts in the Garden: locative gameplay and historical interpretation from below. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 24(3), 300-314. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2017.1347887

© 2017 Steve Poole. Published with licence by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The heritage industry now makes extensive use of digital audioguides and similar interpretation tools to reach new audiences but many remain rooted... Read More about Ghosts in the Garden: locative gameplay and historical interpretation from below.

'For the benefit of example': Crime scene executions in England, 1720-1830 (2015)
Book Chapter
Poole, S. (2015). 'For the benefit of example': Crime scene executions in England, 1720-1830. In R. Ward (Ed.), A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse (71-101). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137444011_3

Progressive accounts of the English encounter between capital punishment and modernity have made much of the abandonment c. 1783-1800 of lengthy processions to customary sites on urban peripheries and their replacement with drop systems on elevated p... Read More about 'For the benefit of example': Crime scene executions in England, 1720-1830.

A Knight’s Peril - Bodiam Castle (2015)
Digital Artefact
Poole, S. (2015). A Knight’s Peril - Bodiam Castle. [Video]

A film about A Knight's Peril - an interactive audio adventure at Bodiam Castle - A National Trust property in East Sussex, England.

Ghosts in the garden (2013)
Digital Artefact
Poole, S. (2013). Ghosts in the garden. [Video]

Creating a real world game experience in the gardens of the Holburne Museum in Bath - bringing the halcyon days of this Georgian Pleasure Garden back to life using the magic of Special Listening Devices that tune people into the past.

Forty years of rural history from below: Captain Swing and the historians (2010)
Journal Article
Poole, S. (2010). Forty years of rural history from below: Captain Swing and the historians

An historiographical essay reflecting on the legacy and impact of E J Hobsbawm and George Rudé's benchmark history of nineteenth century agricultural protest, Captain Swing, in the 40 years since its first publication in 1969. It forms the introducti... Read More about Forty years of rural history from below: Captain Swing and the historians.

The character and reputation of an acquitted felon (2009)
Book Chapter
Poole, S. (2009). The character and reputation of an acquitted felon. In S. Poole (Ed.), John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon, 1-11. Pickering and Chatto

Introductory essay to edited collection on the life and work of John Thelwall (1764-1834).

Not precedents to be followed but examples to be weighed: John Thelwall and the Jacobin sense of the past (2009)
Book Chapter
Poole, S. (2009). Not precedents to be followed but examples to be weighed: John Thelwall and the Jacobin sense of the past. In S. Poole (Ed.), John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon, 161-173. Pickering and Chatto

Essay critically examining the historical writing and historiographical theory of the English radical Jacobin, John Thelwall (1764-1834), and contextualising it within English 18th century historical practice and methodology.