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A window into Africa

by Lisa Graves, World Cultures curator The exhibition Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles has been over a year in the planning and on 30 June it will open to the public at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. For me, the textiles have always been a …

Guest blog: Woman’s Hour Craft Prize by National Friendly

by Dawn Carey, Executive Assistant at National Friendly I’ve worked for the Bristol based mutual, National Friendly for 9 years now, so I’m no stranger to the city’s creative culture, from the great street art to the fascinating exhibitions at Brist…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 11-20 March 1918

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 Common…

Theatre Royal archives take centre stage with new online catalogue

by Anne Lovejoy, Bristol Old Vic project archivist The catalogue of archives relating to Bristol’s Theatre Royal (known as Bristol Old Vic today) is now available online on Bristol Archives’ online catalogue. As you may have read last summer, Bristol Ol…

Bristol and Nairobi – a new archives partnership

by Dr Liz Haines, University of Bristol At the beginning of April I travelled to Nairobi along with Dr Neil Carrier. Our visit was part of a project—funded by the University of Bristol—to begin exploring the potential for collaboration and research…

Dinosaur goes on study leave

by Debs Hutchinson, geology curator The amazing Scelidosaurus dinosaur fossil that usually takes pride of place in the Dinosaurs Gallery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has temporarily been taken off display so that it can be thoroughly studied by an…

The first IVF mother: the Lesley Brown collection

by Allie Dillon and Nicky Sugar At Bristol Archives, we take in a large number of collections each year, and look after the memories of many notable Bristolians. But a first for us was receiving a donation of material from someone who was famous befo…

Ian Matthews: Best Bristol music moments

As we prepare to open the doors to our Bristol Music exhibition, we caught up with Ian Matthews – born and bred Bristolian and Kasabian drummer – to quiz him on his best Bristol music moments… Growing up Bristol, what gigs did you go to…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 6-9 March 2018

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 Common…