Madge Dresser Archive

Dr Madge Dresser
BA (California), MSc (LSE), MSc (Bristol), PgDip, Radio, Film and Television (Bristol), DPhil (UWE),  FRHistS.

Dr Madge Dresser was a Reader in History at the University of The West of England. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Her work is concerned with questions of national identity, the position of ethnic and religious minorities and the history of slavery in 18th century Britain. For more about Dr. Dresser’s work:

University of Bristol

In 1985 Madge researched and wrote Black and White on The Buses, the story of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott. Some posts on this will take you to a complete readable and downloadable copy of Black and White on The Buses. Thanks to Madge’s generosity, Firstborn have also been fortunate to have access to some of her Dr Dresser’s research for Black & White on The Buses. Dr Dresser interviewed people on tape but as this was for research not as an oral history archive, very few of these recordings have survived. However there is a rare recording with Owen Henry in a short clip on this site. Our ‘Madge Dresser Archive’ has 9 interviews conducted in the mid 80’s. They are in the form of scans of the original transcripts and are readable from start to finish.

Firstborn also interviewed Dr Dresser, a clip of which you can watch here.