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My summer Erasmus placement in Bristol

by Giulia Porceddu, summer Erasmus student Hi! I’m Giulia. I’m from Sardinia, Italy and I study archaeology. I spent my last summer in Bristol volunteering for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. I arrived in Bristol on 30 May and I fell in l…

Inspired by: The Power of the Matriarch

by Ray Barnett, Head of Collections and Archives Now in it’s 53rd year, the world renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition from the Natural History Museum is back at M Shed with 100 spectacular images. It’s hard not to be dra…

A festive feast for the eyes

From 27 October we will be home to an amazing loan from the Bowes Museum: St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, painted in the workshop of the 15th century Flemish painter, Dieric Bouts. We are thrilled to be welcoming the painting to Bristol which wi…

Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Myths and Truths

by Sue Giles, senior collections officer for World Cultures and edited by Hudi Charin, participation volunteer The transatlantic slave trade is a dark area of Bristol’s history, and it’s important we can understand the city’s role in it. Do you know yo…

Black History Month at Bristol Museums

by Karen Garvey, engagement officer for events “I was inspired by meeting Peaches Golding so wanted to create a film that would inspire others.” This has to be my favourite quote of the year, made by James, a City of Bristol College stu…

Photography and Empire

by Isaac Blease, photographer and UWE student As part of my MA in Curating at the University of the West of England, I have spent the last nine months on a work placement at Bristol Archives, in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collections (BECC) t…

Memories of the School’s Art Service

by Sue Stops, member of the public The current exhibition of pots from the School’s Art Service Collection has brought back many memories for me. In the 1960s my husband, John Stops RWA, was teaching pottery at Bedminster Down school. During this time a…

Could you be on our next Youth Panel?

The application form for new members of our Youth Panel is now live! Applications close at midnight on Sunday 1 October. Some questions you may be asking are: What is Bristol Museums Youth Panel? We’re a group of people aged between 15-21 who are …