Yearly Archives: 2018

The first IVF mother: the Lesley Brown collection

by Allie Dillon and Nicky Sugar At Bristol Archives, we take in a large number of collections each year, and look after the memories of many notable Bristolians. But a first for us was receiving a donation of material from someone who was famous befo…

Ian Matthews: Best Bristol music moments

As we prepare to open the doors to our Bristol Music exhibition, we caught up with Ian Matthews – born and bred Bristolian and Kasabian drummer – to quiz him on his best Bristol music moments… Growing up Bristol, what gigs did you go to…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 6-9 March 2018

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist at Bristol Archives. In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Common…

Vanbrugh letter returns to Bristol

By David Martyn, Chair of the Kings Weston Action Group Bristol Archives recently received an important new addition: a letter by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh (ref. 46048) detailing the construction of Kings Weston House. The archives already hold a na…

Rising Young Arts Consultants Programme – April

By Claire Simmons, Engagement Officer – Young People We have spent two days in the company of Rediat, Fatima and Colleen – young emerging creatives from Rising Arts Agency. They have been working as paid Young Arts Consultants, exploring our art c…

M Shed walk: Exploring Bristol’s street art

by Rob Wheeler of Graft Bristol has a rich and varied graffiti and street art heritage. Graffiti artists have come and gone, pieces have been painted over many times, but just as the parish boundary markers still exist in the Old City, clues hi…

Miss Ralph celebrated

by Allie Dillon, senior archivist We’re very pleased to announce that Great Western Railway (GWR) have named a train in honour of our former City Archivist, Miss Elizabeth Ralph (1911-2000). She was chosen as a ‘Great Westerner’ after being nominated by …

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 3 March 1918

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist. In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bris…

Working with the Robertsons and the Reillys

by Ella Roper, Bristol Archives volunteer While volunteering at the archives, working on the British Empire and Commonwealth material, I have had access to a myriad of handwritten sources within the collections I have been cataloguing. I have worked …

A call out to artists, craftspeople and makers in the Bristol area

Share your work with the Bristol public! From 7 July – 2 September 2018, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize touring exhibition. This inaugural Prize celebrates 70 years of Woman’s Hour and showcases the most i…