A listening post is disguised as a manhole cover. When you stand on it you can hear memories and stories about the area told by local residents.

During the spring 2015 we installed a listening posts audio trail through Barton Hill, Bristol which celebrates local people’s lives from the area. There are eight listening posts
dotted around Barton Hill and the trail runs through a number of new developments and a children’s play area.

This is a unique and collaborative project which celebrates living in Barton Hilll. The original concept and design has been developed by artist David Cotterell. Other partners include Sovereign Housing Association, artists Kerry Russell and Tracy Graham from the InBristol Studio’s, Bristol M-shed, Barton Hill History Group, Wellspring Community Arts Project and Bristol City Council who have worked together to deliver the project.

Next time you’re passing Barton Hill why don’t you come and see if you can find the listening posts, see how the area has changed and hear the stories and memories of the people who live there.