Monthly Archives: March 2019

Parliament delivered in time for Brexit deadline

To celebrate 10 years since Banksy versus Bristol Museum, Banksy’s Devolved Parliament will go on display in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from Thursday 28 March. The painting is the artists largest on canvas and shown now thanks to a loan fro…

Make Blaise Museum brilliant!

Over the next few years Blaise Museum will undergo quite a few changes and we’d love for you to help us shape them! We want to give Blaise Museum a new lease of life and transform it into a museum for the local community. We want it to be full of o…

Roger Davis’ legacy for the volunteers at M Shed

Roger Davis was an Industrial Chemist who travelled across the globe to different paper mills. Retirement gave Roger the time to do more of what he enjoyed so he joined M Shed’s team of Industrial and Maritime volunteers – a perfect fit with his i…

Art Shed: Museums as medicine

Thanks to donations we are now delivering creative craft workshops at Blaise Museum for people suffering from low level mental health problems. The ‘Art Shed’ sessions take place in the recently refurbished community space with support from Bristol …

Supporting the Young Exhibition Producers

You may have heard that we are lucky enough to be one of the twelve museums taking part in #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work, 500 years after his death. Twelve of his finest drawings are currently on display in our L…

Come fly with me: Early days of the RAF in India

by Pat Ellingham, Archives volunteer I’ve been a volunteer with the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection for just over a year and one of the pleasures has been the involvement with stories of lives connected with Empire, a form of time-travel I’m …

Bristol then and now: ‘A Popular History of Bristol’

by Allie Dillon, City Archivist A new addition to Bristol Archives is a pair of albums of photographs and illustrations which belonged to local author George Pryce FSA (1801-1868). The images are the original artworks for his book A Popular History of Br…

Our favourite Wildlife Photographer captions

If you visited Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, you’ll know that we asked you to make us laugh by captioning two of the images on display. We had over a thousand entries and after a lot of sifting (and some Urban Dictionary consulting!) we h…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: What happened next…

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 Commonw…