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12 things to do in Bristol’s parks this winter

The museums can be great places to escape the weather on dreary days but sometimes it’s great to venture out and blow away the cobwebs – especially over Christmas! We’ve joined up with the Parks team to explore what’s on offer in Brist…

How your support inspires the young minds of Bristol

by Jane Hack, senior learning officer Bristol Museums has offered a Formal Learning programme for more than 50 years. It is now one of the largest museum learning programmes in the South West, providing a range of facilitated Art, History and Scienc…

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery acquires work by Akomfrah and Shonibare

by Julia Carver, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art We are excited to announce that Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has been awarded two major works by John Akomfrah CBE and Yinka Shonibare CBE. 14-18 NOW delivered a wide range of art projects and …

Giving Tuesday

by Daniel Wide, Development Officer Did you know that we have a charity? Bristol Museums Development Trust is an independent charity that raises funds for our museums and archives. These funds are used to conserve our collections and historic buil…

Behind the scenes with the Learning Team: Kids in Museums takeover

by Key Stage 2 pupils at Kingfisher School, Bristol Thanks to the generosity of one of our supporters, 57 children from Kingfisher School were able to take part in Dinosaur Takeover week at no cost to the school. Donations like these help us break down…

Victor Veevers: Poster designer for the Indian Railways, 1930s

by Pat Ellingham, Archives volunteer I’ve been travelling to India for over 20 years and love the culture and landscape of this astonishing country. It’s one of the reasons why my role as a volunteer on the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection at…

Japanese Prints exhibition leaves an online legacy

Following a successful appeal to conserve and care for the prints in our collection, throughout 2018 and 2019 we ran a series of three exhibitions called Masters of Japanese Prints. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has around 500 ‘floating world p…

When Fire Burns Cotton: A Mary Flower film

by Julia Carver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art A new Mary Flower film, When Fire Burns Cotton is now screening in the Geology gallery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The film looks at the standing stones in Stanton Drew in Somerset which s…

Behind the scenes with the learning team: Home Educating Families

by Rachael Hall, Engagement Officer for Formal Learning. We want all learners to engage with our fantastic collections and historic houses. Many home educating families visit our museums and we want them to have exciting, hands-on learning activ…

Ray Harryhausen’s dinosaurs

by Connor Heaney, Collections Manager at The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Legendary animator Ray Harryhausen set the standard for how dinosaurs are viewed on screen. The perfect subject material for stop-motion animation, Ray designed and a…