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Collecting Bristol’s history: New acquisitions 2019

by Amber Druce, curator of history “Where does it all come from?” is one of the questions we get asked the most whilst showing people round our museums. In the history department, we get messages almost every day offering us objects. Most c…

The Uncomfortable Truths project: Interview with Stacey Olika

by Stacey Olika, project assistant The Uncomfortable Truths project seeks to uncover the truth behind certain objects on display in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – how they were collected, what they represent and the difficult pasts that are hidde…

A dance commission for Museums at Night

by Karen Garvey, Engagement Officer for events People may not automatically associate dance with museums. The flowing and energetic movement of dance can seem at odds with the motionless displays and delicate objects. But we’re always looking for …

Nairobi: The Building Shared Futures project

by Nicky Sugar, archivist of the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection Last year we reported on a research trip to Kenya by Dr Liz Haines and Dr Neil Carrier of the University of Bristol. They made contact with academics and curators in Nairobi to e…

The Uncomfortable Truths project

by Claire Simmons, Engagement Officer for young people Many object labels in museums do not tell the full story. This project seeks to uncover uncomfortable truths behind museum objects – how they were collected, what they represent and the diffic…

What could Bristol have to tell me about Kenya?

By Dr Lydia Muthuma, Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi Lydia Muthuma is one of the Building Shared Futures project team, funded by the University of Bristol to bring together British and Kenyan colleagues with an interest in material relating to th…

Natural Selection community projects

by Finn White, engagement officer for communities Our upcoming Natural Selection exhibition is spreading far beyond the walls of this museum. It’s funding activities all over the city, pollinating projects that fuse nature, art and community. Getting B…

Documenting the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection

by Frances Davies, Documentation Assistant There’s always plenty of behind-the-scenes work happening at the museum. Collections staff are often to be found busy beavering away in stores ensuring our objects are correctly documented and cared for. This is…