Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is running the project 100 Years of Knowle West Style as part of Homes for Heroes 100.

Filwood Chase History Society

KWMC is bringing local people, artists and archivists together to explore, share and celebrate Knowle West’s heritage, through a creative programme that includes making activities, events and performances. There are lots of opportunities for residents to participate.

When Knowle West was first conceived it was seen by many as the future of housing. Dubbed ‘the five thousand island forest’ by the workers who built it, the estate is sited on a hill surrounded by wild green space, and comprises one hundred streets, five thousand homes, and twelve thousand people.

Nearly 100 years on, KWMC wants to know what Knowle Westers think is iconic, special and unique about their area – whether they’ve lived here all their lives or have recently made the community home.

Upcoming event

100 Years of Knowle West Style

Thursday 17 October 2019

Welcome to the Parlour Room. Immerse yourself in 100 years of life in Knowle West: architecture, music, food, fashion, interiors and stories of everyday cultural icons.

This site-specific experience features new work by live performance artist Holly Beasley-Garrigan and artist/architect George Lovesmith. Produced by Knowle West Media Centre and part of #HomesforHeroes100.

Booking for this event is essential. Time slots and a link to book tickets will be released soon. Look out for further details on the Facebook event page.

Homes for Heroes 100 Book of Walks

Published October 2019 and given away free at events on council housing at Festival of the Future City  (16-18 October), this book includes a route around Knowle West. Points of interest include: the site of the South Bristol Open Air School; the 1960s housing development at Inns Court; Filwood Broadway; Filwood Community Centre; Melvin Square; and the Northern Slopes. Different inter-war housing types will also be pointed out along the way, including the Heathman-Blacker type HBB2 shown below (original plan held at Bristol Archives, Red Label Plans/22).

Heathman Blacker HBB2
KWMC logo - web version

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