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Bristol – The forgotten birthplace of photography

by Justin Quinnell The Real Photography Company Mention the history of photography and the names that crop up include Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre in France, William Henry Talbot and John Herschel in England. Often overlooked is the claim Bri…

Our Bristol

by Finn White, Community Engagement Officer What makes your neighbourhood unique? What makes Bedminster bounce, Hartcliffe hum, and St Pauls sing? Have you seen your neighbourhood afresh during the pandemic? We’re teaming up with Bristol Photogr…

Japanese porcelain at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

by Amy Raphael, Project Curator, Japanese Ceramics. Did you know that Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has a large collection of Japanese porcelain? In 2012, the museum took in a large collection from a generous donor, Irene Finch (1918-2019), who was a s…

Bristol meets Bordeaux in ‘bizarre’ new exhibition

by Jenny Gaschke, fine art curator Two metal doors open and reveal an impressive number of picture crates. They have been stacked carefully inside a climate controlled truck. While we watch on Zoom, over in France exhibition registrar Sylvaine Lest…

We’re painting the M Shed cranes!

by Caroline Booth-Morris, Development Manager If you have taken a stroll around the harbour lately you may have noticed that we have temporarily closed the walkway outside M Shed and moved all four cranes closer together. This is because we have begun t…

Decolonisation diary: Making progress during lockdown

by Ray Barnett, Head of Collections and Archives Last October, we summarised our approach to ‘decolonisation’ and our commitment to facing up to our colonial heritage. We then looked at the current situation regarding repatriation of museum artefacts to …

The Bristol Institution and Mary Anning, a pioneering palaeontologist

By Deborah Hutchinson, Curator, Geology ‘The tide warns me I must leave of scribilling’ In May 1821 Mary Anning (1799-1847) of Lyme Regis found the first fossil donated to the Museum of the Bristol Institution. It was a well-preserved specimen of a m…

Covid collecting

by Amber Druce, Curator of History In March 2020, we did a call out for objects, stories and photos of Bristol’s response to Coronavirus. We had plenty of feedback, especially at the start, and the insights were really useful. Since then, I’ve also app…