Talk: Bristol’s Lost City

Date: 16th April 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

We are delighted to welcome back Clive Burlton to The Barn for another fascinating talk on Bristol’s history.

Based on one of his books, this is the tale of the Bristol International Exhibition of 1914. The Exhibition was part trade fair and part theme park and was sited near the Cumberland Basin in Bristol. Costing £110m in today’s money it was an extraordinary venture that few local people knew much about until Clive published his book in 2014.
The 30 acre site was host to a roller-coaster; a jungle; massive international pavilions; art galleries; exhibitions of machinery; daily pageants, musical shows and sports events; replicas of Bristol Castle and Drake’s ship Revenge; and an area called Shakespeare’s England. With no public funding unlike the London exhibitions of 1908 and 1911, it was doomed to fail financially. When WW1 broke out, the exhibition closed and within weeks, the War Office acquired the site and the buildings for use as barracks for volunteer soldiers of the Gloucestershire Regiment and several artillery units.
The story is told from the exhibition records held in Bristol and the National Archives in Kew. Well illustrated, the talk includes a recruitment song written for the volunteer soldiers at the White City barracks. 

Clive will also be bringing a selection of books on local interest subjects from Bristol Books which audience members will be able to browse before the talk. These books will be available to purchase on the night with a percentage of sales generously donated back to Winterbourne Medieval Barn.

Refreshments available on arrival and during interval. Cash and card payments accepted.

Free parking on site. Parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.