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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…

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…

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…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 28 March 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…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 26-27 March 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…

Letters home from the North West Frontier, India, 1945-47

by Pat Ellingham, Archives Volunteer I’ve just finished reading over 250 letters home from a young Bristol soldier called Joseph Stephens (collection ref. 2005/044), who was stationed on the North West Frontier during the months leading up to Part…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 23 March 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 Common…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 11-20 March 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 Common…