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Come fly with me: Early days of the RAF in India

by Pat Ellingham, Archives volunteer I’ve been a volunteer with the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection for just over a year and one of the pleasures has been the involvement with stories of lives connected with Empire, a form of time-travel I’m …

Bristol then and now: ‘A Popular History of Bristol’

by Allie Dillon, City Archivist A new addition to Bristol Archives is a pair of albums of photographs and illustrations which belonged to local author George Pryce FSA (1801-1868). The images are the original artworks for his book A Popular History of Br…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: What happened next…

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: 22 February 1919

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…

Voyages of Discovery in the Archives

By Geoff Naldrett, BECC Archives Placement Student As a mature student with a failing memory, not suited to three hour ‘memory test’ exams, I opted for a placement module during the final year of my BA(Hons) History degree at UWE. What a go…

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…

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…

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…