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British Empire and Commonwealth Collection

In 2012, the collections of the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (BECM) were transferred to the care of Bristol Museums.

Here you’ll find blog posts, events and stories related to this major collection, which covers a wide range of material relating to the countries of the British Empire and the Commonwealth. Find out more about the collection.


A daring expedition over Everest

By Eve Andreski, BECC Documentation Assistant

A new accession to the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection (BECC) recalls a ground-breaking feat!

90 years ago today, on 3 April 1933, the first flight expedition over Everest prepared to em…


Spotlight on: Jonathan Adagogo Green

Spotlight compiled by Eve Andreski, Documentation Assistant.

To coincide with Black History Month, the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection (BECC) team wanted to focus on an important series of images within the archive. The Jones co…


Film digitisation project: Re-discovering archive footage

by Jayne Pucknell, archivist with the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection

We’re pleased to say we have now completed our film digitisation project! We have been working with our partners at Nulight Studios, to scan and digitally preserve so…


Cataloguing the archives of the Royal British Legion Kenya Branch

by Matthew Hallows, MA Curating student at the University of the West of England

Matt spent his placement with the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection. He helped to catalogue an extensive collection of documents from the Royal British Leg…


Rolling with the punches

By Laura Dow, Volunteer Cataloguer and Nicky Sugar, Archivist
Laura and Nicky describe the range of emotions stirred by the Dorothy Myers photographs in the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection.
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