How will these resources help you?
An introduction and lesson materials
The Black Curriculum, KS3 Learning Activities: Bristol Bus Boycott
published by The Black Curriculum
A video interview
Black British Stories: Vernon Samuels – The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963
published by BBC Teach Primary Resources
This resource includes teacher notes with ideas for discussion before watching the video, questions to ask during the film, a glossary and activities for further learning. It could form the basis of a lesson and follow-up work.
A first hand account
Memoirs of a Black Englishman
by Paul Stephenson and Lilleith Morrison, published by Tangent Books, (2011), 9781910089972
Starting with excerpts of Stephenson’s account of the boycott, you could ask students to research the ‘colour bar’ in the 1960s that allowed the Bristol Bus Company to refuse to employ Black drivers. You could also compare and contrast the civil rights movements in the UK and the USA.
Black and white on the buses: the 1963 colour bar dispute in Bristol
by Madge Dresser, published by Bookmarks Publications, (2013), 9781909026506
The pamphlet includes many quotations from people involved in the dispute. Students could draw on these to identify the different viewpoints at the time: those of the bus company, the drivers’ trade union, Black and white workers, and white people who supported or opposed the boycott. The same webpage has some newspaper articles – students can use these to discover common opinions at the time.
A House Through Time - The end of the slave trade in Bristol
published by BBC, (2020)
Text © Cath Senker, 2020, 2023