Social & Industrial History
The Remarkable Story of The Public Benefit Boot Company
Throughout much of the 20th century, Benefit Footwear was a nationwide brand with retail stores, repair shops and factories stretching from Newcastle to Cornwall. Illustrated with period advertisements and archive photographs of Benefit shops and factories, this history traces the company's rise, from a single shop opened in Hull in 1875, and its ultimate fall as it was absorbed into the British Shoe Corporation in the 1960s and the name disappeared from British high streets.
Ethinic Minorities and the City 1000–2001
Over the past thousand years, Bristol, as one of England’s most important ports, has been a magnet for migrants, from medieval Jews to 21st-century asylum seekers. This pioneering study examines in depth the activities of the various ethnic groups who have settled in the city. Investigating how they survived economically, how they dealt with social dislocation and discrimination, and how they constructed identities for their communities, it offers insights into the wider history of the city and the nation.