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Empire Explored!

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist In August 2015, Nicky Sugar from Bristol Archives shared her first impressions of the British Empire and Commonwealth Collections. Two years – and tens of thousands of photographs – later, she returns to share how the Exp…

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…

Contribute to the History of Place project

by Grace Swordy, Project Coordinator for History of Place The History of Place project highlights sites of importance within disability history, culminating in exhibitions in London, Liverpool and Bristol. You can read an introduction into the History of…

Bristol Archives: A new name for Bristol Record Office

by Allie Dillon, Senior Archivist The national Explore Your Archive campaign begins next week and we’re marking the occasion with some changes. From Monday 21 November 2016, Bristol Record Office will be known as Bristol Archives – a name chosen to…

An anthropologist in Africa: photographs by Dr Malcolm Ruel revisit Kenya

By Jayne Pucknell, archivist at Bristol Archives Among the archives in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection, we found an intriguing group of papers and images by the anthropologist Dr Malcolm Ruel. These document his work in West and East A…

Films of India in the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection

By Jayne Pucknell and Nicky Sugar, archivists at Bristol Archives Some amazing films from the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum are now in the care of Bristol Archives. In our last blog post, we talked about starting to catalogue the collect…