The Fulbright University of Bristol Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students on the theme of slavery and Atlantic heritage.

Bristol was famous for its piracy and smuggling, the latter being a major source of commercial activity. As a city, however, Bristol has found difficulty coming to terms with its involvement in the notorious Triangle Trade taking slaves from Africa to the sugar plantations of the southern USA.

This Summer Institute, staffed by scholars from Africa, North America and the UK, offers American students a perspective from all three continents in the triangle. Multiple approaches to the African diaspora will include analysis of:

  • Archaeological remains
  • Historical records
  • Legacies of the slave trade between the British Empire and the African continent


Participants of this Institute will be able to meet with:

  • Members of Parliament for Bristol
  • Member of the European Parliament for South West England, Ashley Fox MEP
  • Bristol City Council
  • Mayor of Bristol
  • Other community leaders

A full cultural programme has been organised, including:

  • Theatre night at the Bristol Old Vic
  • The Roman Baths, City of Bath World Heritage Site
  • Cricket match at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
  • SS Great Britain in Bristol harbour
  • Comedy night at the Tobacco Factory
  • Tours of the city's museums
  • Pirate city tour
  • Historical boat tour of Bristol’s harbour

The University of Bristol will organise a welcome reception and dinner. At the end of the programme, there will be a farewell reception.