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Creating Deadly Doris

By Tony Hitchcock, model maker Doris the Pliosaurus, ferocious star of our recent temporary exhibition, now has a new long-term home in the back hall at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery thanks to visitor support and funding from our Friends’ Group &…

Evidence of Making

By Trevor Coombs, Documentation Assistant On January 9, 1961, the American artist Robert Morris entered his studio in New York and made a nine-and-three-quarter inch square box out of walnut wood. During the three and a half hours it took for him to cons…

Dolls made by a freed (manumitted) woman in Grenada

by Sue Giles, senior curator for World Cultures In 2012, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Bristol Archives took on the collections of the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (BECM). There are some real gems in the collection, and we are slow…

Behind the scenes: Hanging a Bouts

by Lisa Huang-Taylor, curatorial placement I am currently on a placement with the curatorial department at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and I went behind the scenes for the hanging of St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child painted by the workshop of 15…

Celebrating the multicultural beauty of Bristol

By Lacey Trotman, Digital Apprentice At the beginning of the year, one morning in a staff meeting, it was revealed that Bristol residents speak a total of 91 languages. Now that’s an impressive statistic for a city of just 428,100 people (2011 cens…

The Painted Ceiling

By Trevor Coombs, Documentation Assistant, Fine Art Have you ever attended a full council meeting at City Hall? Perhaps as a member of the public interested in one of the agenda items, or maybe you are a council officer doing your job, or a coun…

An exciting future for Bristol Old Vic and its archives

by Allie Dillon, Senior Archivist at Bristol Archives We’re delighted to be part of a project to transform Bristol Old Vic into a major heritage destination, thanks to a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The investment is funding a r…

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