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Come fly with me: Early days of the RAF in India

by Pat Ellingham, Archives volunteer I’ve been a volunteer with the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection for just over a year and one of the pleasures has been the involvement with stories of lives connected with Empire, a form of time-travel I’m …

Bristol then and now: ‘A Popular History of Bristol’

by Allie Dillon, City Archivist A new addition to Bristol Archives is a pair of albums of photographs and illustrations which belonged to local author George Pryce FSA (1801-1868). The images are the original artworks for his book A Popular History of Br…

Our favourite Wildlife Photographer captions

If you visited Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, you’ll know that we asked you to make us laugh by captioning two of the images on display. We had over a thousand entries and after a lot of sifting (and some Urban Dictionary consulting!) we h…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: What happened next…

by Nicky Sugar, archivist at Bristol Archives In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonw…

Leonardo da Vinci: Informal and drop-in events

by Karen MacDonald, Engagement Officer As part of Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, we are hosting a number of informal, drop-in events in the exhibition gallery. All activities are free with exhibition entry. This page will be regularly update…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 22 February 1919

In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives (ref: 200…

Voyages of Discovery in the Archives

By Geoff Naldrett, BECC Archives Placement Student As a mature student with a failing memory, not suited to three hour ‘memory test’ exams, I opted for a placement module during the final year of my BA(Hons) History degree at UWE. What a go…

Sebastian Pole: Forest on a tree

by Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs. Ever since Pukka Herbs began in 2001, our mission has been to bring people closer to the incredible power of plants in the most sustainable and ethical way possible. We believe in conservation through co…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 16 September 1918

In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives (ref: 200…

Coming up in 2019

Happy New Year from everyone at Bristol Museums! Did you know? Visiting a museum reduces anxiety, reduces stress, makes you less lonely and has a greater impact on your wellbeing than playing a sport. Plus it’s warm and dry inside! Have a look at what&#8…