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Our first collections were brought together more than 200 years ago and we’ve been adding to them ever since.

From art to archaeology, history to industry, the natural and the wider world, they are amongst the UK’s finest with many recognised as nationally and internationally important. They can be seen on display across all our museums, in our stores or on our online collections search.

Here you can find out more about Bristol Museums’ collections – explore stories, read blog posts and see what’s on.

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Virginia Woolf found in museum basement

One of our cataloguers recently found a booklet printed for the Fry memorial exhibition held at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in 1935 which contains the text of the exhibition’s opening speech written and delivered by Virginia Woolf.

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What inspires our curators?

From Monday 23 to Sunday 29 March 2015 it’s #MuseumWeek over on Twitter. So far this week museums and visitors have been sharing tantalising snippets and intriguing information about what goes on behind the scenes in cultural organisations across the gl…

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Moved by Conflict stories

So many visitors to the Moved by Conflict exhibition at M Shed (11 October 2014 – 1 March 2015) told us how much they were moved by the stories of Bristol people and how they were affected during the First World War.

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Some cultural highlights in 2015

There’s an exciting year of activity in the coming 12 months to look forward to. Here’s some of the highlights to give you an overview and idea of the year ahead.

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Learning: Under the spotlight

For the past few months, we’ve been creating our new learning programme to support the revised National Curriculum for Key Stage 2.

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Desert Island Doc: Agatha Christie’s wartime wedding

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve 1914, Agatha Miller married Captain Archibald Christie in Bristol. Records of the ceremony, hastily arranged while Archie was on leave during the First World War, are now held at Bristol Archives.