BBC’s The One Show film The Street Choir of 1926 at the Observatory

BBC’s The One Show film The Street Choir of 1926 at the Observatory

  In 1926 a Welsh male choir in embarked on an unforgettable “street-singing” tour to raise money for children affected by miners’ strikes. Today, with the help of a diary account of the trip, Carrie Grant is taking modern choir members back to Bristol to retrace the steps of their forbears.   “In 1926. at the height of the Great Depression a number of Beaufort Male Choir members decided to undertake a street singing tour of  the West Country to raise money to enable cobblers to buy leather to make shoes for destitute children in Beaufort and the surrounding area. Luckily, the accompanist Irving Davies kept a personal diary of the tour and this is his account.” (Beaufort Male Choir)   The award-winning Beaufort  Male Choir has been singing since the 1880s and is still going strong today. Not long ago the choir’s secretary, Chris Evans, came across a fascinating diary in the choir’s archives,  recalling an extraordinary journey undertaken by 14 choir members at the height of the miners’ strike in 1926. The diary describes the choir getting on a train to Bristol on a mission to sing in the streets to raise money for shoes for the children of families impoverished by the strike.  With little money, no food and no plan, the men were away for almost three weeks, and sang as many as 180 songs a day. Their efforts raised £50 for the local Boot and Shoe Fund.     The BBC’s film sees Carrie Grant, and thirty members of today’s Beaufort Male Choir, gathering at the crack of dawn for a coach trip to...
We’re writing a book!

We’re writing a book!

We’re starting to put together everything we can find on the Observatory’s history and background, and we need your help! We’re looking to get hold of anything which would be interesting for the thousands of visitors who come and visit us every year. From the people who’ve lived there, to paintings undertaken there, and from the history of the site before the Observatory was there, to myths and legends surrounding the cave. It’s all important stuff to brining a lot of the history and heritage back to the Observatory in the form of a museum to tell its story, and make an interesting read. A view of the suspension bridge from the 19th Century. The Observatory has a rich history and a huge part to play in Bristol’s heritage, it’s played a part in the snuff trade, the art world and boasts one of the few camera obscuras left in the UK. As a landmark the building and surrounding area has been part of the Bristol skyline for over 250 years, and we want to tell its story. If you think you could have useful background information on the obscura, cave, and surrounding area, even BC, we’d love to talk to you, so please get in touch! You can email us at observatoryclifton@gmail.com or call us at +44 177 974...