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A dance commission for Museums at Night

by Karen Garvey, Engagement Officer for events People may not automatically associate dance with museums. The flowing and energetic movement of dance can seem at odds with the motionless displays and delicate objects. But we’re always looking for …

Nairobi: The Building Shared Futures project

by Nicky Sugar, archivist of the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection Last year we reported on a research trip to Kenya by Dr Liz Haines and Dr Neil Carrier of the University of Bristol. They made contact with academics and curators in Nairobi to e…

The Uncomfortable Truths project

by Claire Simmons, Engagement Officer for young people Many object labels in museums do not tell the full story. This project seeks to uncover uncomfortable truths behind museum objects – how they were collected, what they represent and the diffic…

What could Bristol have to tell me about Kenya?

By Dr Lydia Muthuma, Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi Lydia Muthuma is one of the Building Shared Futures project team, funded by the University of Bristol to bring together British and Kenyan colleagues with an interest in material relating to th…

Natural Selection community projects

by Finn White, engagement officer for communities Our upcoming Natural Selection exhibition is spreading far beyond the walls of this museum. It’s funding activities all over the city, pollinating projects that fuse nature, art and community. Getting B…

Documenting the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection

by Frances Davies, Documentation Assistant There’s always plenty of behind-the-scenes work happening at the museum. Collections staff are often to be found busy beavering away in stores ensuring our objects are correctly documented and cared for. This is…

Repatriating the remains of Tongva ancestors

By Lisa Graves, World Cultures curator. On 28 March Bristol Museum & Art Gallery officially returned the prehistoric remains and grave goods of individuals from the Tongva people to representatives of their descendants. The small handover ceremony at…

Museum magic: Our mesmerising autumn exhibition

Work is underway to conjure our autumn exhibition, Magic which will be enchanting visitors at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from October 2019. Brought to you by the team who curated the hugely successful death: a human experience exhibition, this sh…

Parliament delivered in time for Brexit deadline

To celebrate 10 years since Banksy versus Bristol Museum, Banksy’s Devolved Parliament will go on display in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from Thursday 28 March. The painting is the artists largest on canvas and shown now thanks to a loan fro…