Walk: Unbuilt Bristol

Eugene Byrne

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Join local historian, author and journalist Eugene Byrne for a walking tour of things that aren’t there. Learn about proposals for building schemes and monuments that never happened, from the commercially hard-headed to the absurdly idealistic, from the practical to the brutally inappropriate to the just plain ridiculous. Some, such as plans to concrete over whole stretches of the city docks, or the GPO’s proposals for a massive tower block looming over King Street, would have been disastrous. Others, like the plan for a stunning concert hall on the waterfront would have been wonderful, while others still, such as a pair of massive naked statues outside City Hall, would have been, well … interesting. Taken together, the visions outlined in this tour form the story of a city that would have been better in some ways, worse in others, but certainly very different. Perhaps these stories also contain lessons for present-day debate over the city’s future. Eugene advises participants to ‘wear sensible shoes and bring your imagination’.

Image credit: Miles Tewson


Book online or in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00.

Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit claimants, over 60s and disabled people. Staff and students at the following organisations can purchase tickets at the Partner Rate: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE. Please note that no refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit latecomers.

This walk will meet in the upstairs foyer of Watershed.

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