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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…

Bristol Green Capital 2015: Sources for Research

Bristol Archives holds archive sources related to many environmental and sustainability issues. Selected collections and papers are described here, although this is not a comprehensive list. More material is listed in our online catalogue. To search …

Desert Island Doc: Agatha Christie’s wartime wedding

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve 1914, Agatha Miller married Captain Archibald Christie in Bristol. Records of the ceremony, hastily arranged while Archie was on leave during the First World War, are now held at Bristol Archives.

Explore Your Archive: Bristol in old postcards

We want to encourage people to discover historic Bristol through old postcards on the Know Your Place website. Would you like to use the postcards to tell your own stories – or could you volunteer for us?

Desert Island Doc: A very Bristolian bride

At Bristol Archives, we’re often asked for evidence of the Bristol dialect amongst the archives, but this usually proves elusive.