Bristol Slavers book proving popular
By sophia1980 | Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 14:41
A book which tells the history of Bristol's slave trade past has gained lots of local interest following its launch earlier this year.
Peter with Julie Evans of KBase Ltd and Rev Dan Tyndall, Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe church
Author and local historian Peter Martin says he has been surprised at the positive take up for the book and has enjoyed re-visiting the locations explored in his work.
Peter, also known as Pirate Pete, said: "The feedback for the book has been overwhelming and I'm really enjoying getting around Bristol and educating people on what I have discovered.
"I now run a Bristol Slavers walk in the city as well as my pirate walk and I take people to the locations affected by the slave trade.
"It is so interesting to see the connections between then and now and it is great to engage people with an important part of our history while relating it back to places they encounter everyday.
"At a recent networking event I bumped in to Reverend Dan Tyndall, the vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church and showed him my work. He was intrigued to hear about the medieval brasses which were found in the church and are featured in my book. These brasses are related to the pioneering sailings across the world and date all the way back to the establishment of the British Empire. I presented Rev. Tyndall with a signed copy of the book!"
Peter wrote the book along with co-author Isioma Nwokolo after going on a world-wide fact-finding mission for the past 12 years. The book tells the history of the triangular slave trade from West Country ports and focuses on estates in the region with connections.
Peter himself has a varied history and having travelled widely in his lifetime his experiences are charted in the book. Born during an air raid on Bristol Cathedral and an ex-pupil of Fairfield School, Peter worked as a window display designer at Harrods for 20 years before travelling the Middle East designing interiors for clients.
Upon returning to Bristol, Peter began 'Pirate Walks' and now gives tours to over 10,000 tourists, locals and school children every year, specialising in corporate event evenings.
Peter, 72, who lives in Knowle, continued: "When I launched the book I hoped it would become a great resource for school teachers and others researching the topic but it has become so much more. People are always coming up to me telling me their stories and connections and it's fascinating.
"School librarians have ordered the book for their libraries as the slave trade is now part of the National Curriculum.
"The slave trade is a massive part of Bristol's history and should not be forgotten."
Copies of Bristol Slavers can be bought by emailing Peter at Peterthepirate@hotmail.com. Retail packages are also available.