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Margaret Duncan’s diary: 16 September 1918

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 Bristol Archives (ref: 200…

Coming up in 2019

Happy New Year from everyone at Bristol Museums! Did you know? Visiting a museum reduces anxiety, reduces stress, makes you less lonely and has a greater impact on your wellbeing than playing a sport. Plus it’s warm and dry inside! Have a look at what&#8…

Black Bristol women who’ve made a difference

Which Black Bristolian women do we need to shout louder about? You told us that you wanted more stories of inspiring Black Bristolians, so we’re putting together a new story celebrating women who’ve really made a difference.

Armchair Museum

by Nicole Mawby, MA Curating placement Armchair Museum reimagines the way in which people read art, artefacts and heritage. Over the last year, I have been working with the Engagement and Participation team as part of my MA in Curating while being men…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 14 July 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…

Opportunity for artists to deliver Leonardo exhibition programmes

From 1 February – 6 May 2019, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be one of 12 venues across the UK each exhibiting 12 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. This is part of Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a project led by the Royal Collection Trust, to …

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 7 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…

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…