Significant anniversaries: The Bristol Bus Boycott, 1963

Primary History article

By Stuart Boydell, published 7th November 2023

It is sixty years since the Bristol Bus Boycott highlighted race inequalities and discrimination in the workplace. In this article, Stuart Boydell revisits this watershed moment and considers how the Bristol Bus Boycott could be incorporated into the curriculum today.

Sixty years ago, Bristol was at the centre of a race row that would become a watershed moment for equality in the workplace. Although the events of 1963 are largely forgotten, at the time the Bristol Bus Boycott grabbed the nation’s attention as the press pored over what was being seen as Britain’s version of the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott...

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