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How do you care for an eight metre long pliosaur?

by Deborah Hutchinson, Geology curator Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is very lucky to care for two pliosaur specimens. One is a huge impressive skull on permanent display in the Sea Dragons Gallery. But our second pliosaur takes up a bit more room as …

In search of sea monsters

Bonnie Griffin, Natural History Curator In 2017, for the first time ever, the museum is holding an exhibition focusing on our incredible Pliosaurus fossil, found in Westbury in 1994. This massive marine reptile was 8 meters long, had teeth the size of st…

Penguin collected on Captain Scott’s fateful Terra Nova expedition

By Bonnie Griffin, Natural History Curator I’m delighted to announce that a penguin collected on Captain Scott’s fateful Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913) has been unearthed in the Natural History collection at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. My volunt…

How to solve a problem like BECM?

By Hannah Myall, MA Heritage Management, Bath Spa University I’ve been at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for the last few months on a student placement with the World Cultures team. I’m working on the British Empire & Commonwealth Col…

Wonderful Whale 33: The Aftermath

By Bonnie Griffin, Natural History curator Read part one of this blog: Wonderful Whale 33: The Discovery You may find some of the images in this blog post upsetting. This stranding of Whale 33 and over 100 of her pod in 1927 was hugely important for the…

Wonderful Whale 33: The Discovery

By Bonnie Griffin, Natural History curator You may find some of the images in this blog post upsetting. For many years the head of a huge whale has been sitting on a shelf in the biology store, with its only markings being the numerals XXXIII and a la…

How would you like to own these pictures?

By Trevor Coombs, Documentation Assistant – Fine Art Earlier this year, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery licensed 2,300 digital images from the Fine Art collection to Bridgeman Images to sell on our behalf. We’ve had a commercial relationship with Brid…

Curators of the Caribbean

By Victoria Purewal, Senior Curator for Natural Sciences 300 year old plant collection brings Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the Natural History Museum of Jamaica together. Back in the autumn of 2014, I was fortunate to be contracted by Bristo…

Rediscovered: The Clymene Dolphin

by Bonnie Griffin, Natural History curator and Bill Brind, volunteer Recent rummaging in the natural history stores at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has led to the uncovering of an interesting specimen; the skull of a Clymene dolphin (Stenella …

A Close Shave – a spaghetti junction in the city docks

By Dave Sage, M Shed volunteer As one ambles along the dockside taking in a visit to M Shed and enjoying everything the area has to offer in terms of leisure and pleasure, it’s salutary to think that this area would look very different if planners had t…