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The beautiful Broughton Herbarium is now online

The Broughton Herbarium is a collection of beautiful pressed plants from Bristol and Jamaica collected by Dr Arthur Broughton (1758–1796), a local physician in the 18th century.

Virginia Woolf found in museum basement

One of our cataloguers recently found a booklet printed for the Fry memorial exhibition held at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in 1935 which contains the text of the exhibition’s opening speech written and delivered by Virginia Woolf.

What inspires our curators?

From Monday 23 to Sunday 29 March 2015 it’s #MuseumWeek over on Twitter. So far this week museums and visitors have been sharing tantalising snippets and intriguing information about what goes on behind the scenes in cultural organisations acro…

Bowie and Bristol Fashion

We’ve got Bowie fever! To celebrate Bowie Night on Thursday 19 June (now sold out), Helen McConnell takes a look at objects in our collections from the 1970s and the era of Ziggy Stardust.

What’s on your mantelpiece?

During the month of May we’re after photos of your mantelpiece for Bristol At Home. The project is all about collecting your pictures so that future generations can get a glimpse into how we live in Bristol today. Check out #BristolAtHome on Twitter and…

December: Christmas decorations

Announcing the new theme for December: Christmas decorations! We want to collect photos of how people in Bristol are decorating their homes for Christmas this year. Whether you’re putting up a tree, standing glittery reindeer on your mantelpiece or hangi…

Bristol At Home celebrates Movember!

In case you missed it on Twitter, here is a lovely photograph of a chap with an extravagant moustache relaxing in his living room. This photo dates from around 1900. Besides his glorious facial hair, this photograph is also interesting because it show…

The Bristol At Home project

The #BristolAtHome project aims to get everyone in Bristol involved in recording our lives today and making them part of the museum collection for the future. Many people think of museums as places which collect and look after objects from the past. Th…