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Miss Ralph celebrated

by Allie Dillon, senior archivist We’re very pleased to announce that Great Western Railway (GWR) have named a train in honour of our former City Archivist, Miss Elizabeth Ralph (1911-2000). She was chosen as a ‘Great Westerner’ after being nominated by …

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 3 March 1918

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist. 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 Bris…

Working with the Robertsons and the Reillys

by Ella Roper, Bristol Archives volunteer While volunteering at the archives, working on the British Empire and Commonwealth material, I have had access to a myriad of handwritten sources within the collections I have been cataloguing. I have worked …

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 7-15 February 1918

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist. 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 Bris…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 2-3 February 1918

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist. 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 Bris…

Ivan Haslam: An Indian in East Africa

by Pat Ellingham, Archives Volunteer I came across Ivan Haslam in October 2017 when I started to volunteer with the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives. My first task was to watch Haslam’s 12 home movies, and write an abs…

Hallo from Germany: an archival exchange

Archivist Graham Tratt has spent the last three weeks representing Bristol Archives in Bristol’s twin city of Hannover, Germany. My visit has been the second half of a professional exchange between Bristol Archives and the Stadtarchiv Hannover. Dr Christ…

Settling in at Bristol Archives

Searchroom Officer Dan Jones joined the team at Bristol Archives in January. Here he talks about his role in running the public searchroom. It’s now been ten months since I started work at Bristol Archives. While I’m very much part of the team by now, I s…

Imaging Imperialism

By Nicky Sugar, Archivist “We are focussing on audio-visual archives because time is running out to save them.” Friday 27 October was World Audio-Visual Heritage Day and the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers marked the day with a…

Photography and Empire

by Isaac Blease, photographer and UWE student As part of my MA in Curating at the University of the West of England, I have spent the last nine months on a work placement at Bristol Archives, in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collections (BECC) t…