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Dementia Friendly creative cafés

by Ailsa Richardson, Engagement Officer – Older People Our Dementia Friendly creative cafes are pop up cafes at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for people living with dementia and their carers and family members. We have run seven cafes since Ju…

Colston Hall’s heritage protected amid transformation

by Louise Anderson, Colston Hall Lantern Project Colston Hall’s archives chart the history of its use over the last 150 years. From wrestling to opera, the archives tell the Hall’s story. These engaging records have been safely moved to Bristol Arc…

Archiving the Arnolfini

by Phil Owen, Archive Curator As an organisation best known for presenting the contemporary arts, Arnolfini is maybe not immediately associated with the idea of archives and heritage. But it was founded almost 60 years ago, by a trio of young creatives i…

Experience the heritage of Bristol Old Vic

by Allie Dillon, City Archivist at Bristol Archives Since 2014, Bristol Archives have been working on an exciting project with Bristol Old Vic and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection to bring to life the history of the 252 year old theatre. The…

Five things to keep the kids entertained

Stuck for fun ideas this half term? Aside from visiting one of our (free!) museums, keep the kids entertained with these five picks from our shops. Available from our online shop, or pop into Bristol Museum & Art Gallery or M Shed shops.   The …

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 1st April 1918

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…

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018: Instagram competition

by Karen MacDonald, Engagement Officer – Exhibitions Are you an aspiring wildlife photographer in the Bristol area? To celebrate the opening of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 at M Shed, we’re running our own mini competition. Send us your…

Bristol’s Black History: Your Feedback

by Finn White, Engagement Officer – Communities For the past few months, we’ve been gathering people’s thoughts on Bristol’s Black History stories: what people want to read and who they think should be represented. We still want lots more responses, but…

From the Archives: Our student interns share their stories

Between June and July this year, seven students from the University of Bristol joined us as interns at Bristol Archives. They worked on different parts of the British Empire and Commonwealth Collections, helping to increase access to these incred…

Black History Month events 2018

As well as our Fabric Africa exhibition, there’s a variety of talks and special events coming up to mark Black History Month. Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles Throughout October until 19 May 2019 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Free …