A new website BristolHistory.co.uk has been launched which brings together the life’s work of local historian DP Lindegaard. She has been researching local social history for nearly 50 years. During this time she has collected information on a wide range of people living and working in the West Country including miners, ethnic minorities, petty criminals, sailors, Tommies, benefactors, brassmakers and many more.
Over the decades DP Lindegaard has self-published many booklets and pamphlets and has contributed regularly to local history society journals. The website collates her huge body of work into a single place. Amongst the documents – all FREE to download – are seven volumes on the history of Brislington (Brislington Bulletins), four volumes of the history of Kingswood (Annals of Kingswood), and other indexes such as Black Bristolians of the 18 and 19th Centuries.
Mrs Lindegaard, who is nearing 84, remains a prolific writer and researcher. Recent publications added to the website include “We Shall Remember Them” – Brislington and St Anne’s In The Great War 1914-1919 and Sappho & Her Sisters: Steamships and Mariners of the Bristol Channel Ports in the Age of Steam.
In conjunction with the launch of the website, she is also planning to release a Podcast series telling some incredible stories about amazing but mainly unknown Bristol women throughout history. The first in the series is Mary Kennedy, who had the distinction of being a “First Fleeter” travelling with her husband (a Marine peace keeper) to Botany Bay in 1788 on the first transport of convicts to Australia.
DP Lindegaard says:
“Whenever I go to the archives or am searching through parish registers I come across interesting folk from all walks of life. Miners, sailors, petty thieves, ministers, ethnic minorities, Tommies, basket makers – you name them I’ve jotted down the information! The wonderful thing is that when you start sleuthing you realise that these ordinary people from bygone years have often the most extraordinary tales to tell. I am proud to be their voice!”
“My website aims to be a people’s history of Bristol. Not the famous because their stories are covered elsewhere. What I am interested in are the stories of the working class, the poor, those trying to make ends meet and people at the margins of society. They make up 99.9% of society but their stories are so often forgotten.”
“My favourite quote is one from Terry Pratchett:
“A man is not dead while his name is still spoken.”
I am sure Terry meant to say “a man or a woman”. So much history is actually “his story”. As often as I can I like to tell “her story” too!