by Zak Mensah, Head of Transformation on behalf of Culture & Creative Industries
M Shed, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Archives, Blaise Museum, Georgian House Museum, and Red Lodge Museum are all part of Bristol City Council.
The museums and archives fully support the Mayor’s approach and the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Tuesday 2 June, we joined City Hall by lighting Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in purple in solidarity with the communities affected by the tragic death of George Floyd.
You may have seen that the Mayor has talked of M Shed as the place where the city will be able to commemorate the important events which took place on Sunday 7 June 2020. We are looking forward to exploring how to make change with our local communities, and shaping how this event can be presented at M Shed.
We have collected the placards from the Bristol Black Lives Matter event and will hold the statue of Colston when it is retrieved.
Behind the scenes we’ve been developing our digital offer so people can access accurate stories about the city’s history and working on a decolonisation project, which involves us scrutinising our buildings and collection to ensure transparency.
We will continue to support the Mayor’s aim to tell Bristol’s story so the city can better understand its history.
Internally, some of our recent activity includes working with Arts Council England on a programme of work called Creative case for diversity – and reflection on our own conscious and unconscious bias in order to make positive changes through our Inclusion and Diversity working group.
Below are some of our resources that will help us all learn more about Bristol’s past and current topics.
We have long been on a journey to collect and share Bristol’s story and the marathon continues…
- Read about Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
- Discover Bristol’s Black History
- Find out more about the Uncomfortable Truths project
- Explore the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection
- Exhibition Empire Through the Lens
- Search the museum collection
- Explore the archives collection
- Take a look at our online exhibitions.
- Building Shared Futures project with Kenyan museums and universities
- Access maps and images from our collections on the Know Your Place website.
- Learn about our work with Bristol’s communities