Merry Shrovetide springs from the research of University of Bristol doctoral student Taylor Aucoin. Taylor’s PhD thesis focuses on the history of Shrove Tuesday in medieval and early modern Britain, and examines how past peoples made use of Carnival customs to shape their lives and the wider society around them. The festival was created as a platform to share some of this research with the public through entertaining and engaging community events such as workshops, concerts and exhibitions. Festival partners have included acclaimed early music ensemble Passamezzo, and community organisations such as the Easton Community Centre, Bristol Central Library, and the Churches Conservation Trust.

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