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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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Modern Art in Britain: arriving at The Wilson

For this joint project, each venue is taking a different look at modern British art and hosting a display in celebration, including paintings and works on paper by leading artists of the past century.

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The Nightingale and the Rose

We’ve been working on an extra special event for Friday 13 February with Paradise Hotel. The Nightingale and the Rose will be an evening of immersive entertainment…

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Explore Your Archive: Bristol in old postcards

We want to encourage people to discover historic Bristol through old postcards on the Know Your Place website. Would you like to use the postcards to tell your own stories – or could you volunteer for us?

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Making the archives greener

At Bristol Archives we care for the city’s archives – over ten miles of shelving containing documents dating back as far as the 12th century – by carefully managing the storage conditions in our strongrooms.

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Desert Island Doc: Not in my back yard!

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Malcolm Boyns, Archivist has selected a petition to alter the place for public executions of criminals, 1773.

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Bowie and Bristol Fashion

We’ve got Bowie fever! To celebrate Bowie Night on Thursday 19 June (now sold out), Helen McConnell takes a look at objects in our collections from the 1970s and the era of Ziggy Stardust.

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The Vaughan Postcard Collection

A huge collection of postcards gathered by a local man, Roy Vaughan, is being researched and made public on the Know Your Place website by a wonderful team of Bristol Archives volunteers.