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Raising the curtain on the history of the Theatre Royal

By Anne Lovejoy, Bristol Old Vic project archivist As we reported in March, Bristol Archives is part of a project to redevelop the Bristol Old Vic and share the history of this historic theatre, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund…

The Painted Ceiling

By Trevor Coombs, Documentation Assistant, Fine Art Have you ever attended a full council meeting at City Hall? Perhaps as a member of the public interested in one of the agenda items, or maybe you are a council officer doing your job, or a coun…

Photo albums from a century ago inspire digital games today

by Kate Smith, from the History of Place project The History of Place project highlights sites of importance within disability history, culminating in exhibitions in London, Liverpool and Bristol. You can read more about the History of Place project in t…

Could you be a Pliosaurus volunteer?

Bristol Museums has a proud history of community engagement and a big part of this comes from our wide range of volunteering opportunities. Volunteers regularly get involved across all our sites and play a vital role in caring for our vast coll…

Munch, munch, she ate her lunch: a child’s view of Pliosaurus

by Finn White, Engagement Officer – Communities. In March 2017, children from 3 schools were invited to take part in a competition to design and write a poem inspired by Doris, our soon-to-be resident Pliosaurus. In order to spark their imaginat…

Adela Breton: Your last chance to see her work

by Sue Giles, Senior Curator of World Cultures The Adela Breton collection is one of the treasures of the museum’s collections. Why are copies of old wall paintings on what looks like lining paper so interesting and important? That question takes a wh…

This year’s best Wildlife Photographer of the Year captions

In this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition we asked you to write a caption to make us laugh for two images – Eviction Attempt by Ganesh H. Shankar and I Spy with my Raven Eye by José Juan Hernández Martínez. We had hundreds of entries a…

Giving the Red Lodge a spruce!

by Helen Cobby, volunteer After its annual winter closure, The Red Lodge Museum opened again on Saturday 1 April  2017. Built in approximately 1579-80, it was a lodge for the merchant Sir John Younge’s Great House, which occupied the site of the pre…

Suitcase Stories – leaving home

What would you choose to take with you if you only had 24 hours to pack and leave your home forever? Would you take photos and objects to remind you of your past life or something that would be useful when you reach your destination? How would you be fee…

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