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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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Desert Island Doc: ‘Visited with the plague’

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Richard Burley, former Archives Manager, has selected the burial register for the parish of St Nicholas, 1634-1654.

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Desert Island Doc: A new school for Cary Grant

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Max Parkin, Archives Assistant has chosen an admission register for North Street Wesleyan School, 1910.

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What’s on your mantelpiece?

During the month of May we’re after photos of your mantelpiece for Bristol At Home. The project is all about collecting your pictures so that future generations can get a glimpse into how we live in Bristol today.

Check out #BristolAtHome on Twit…

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Desert Island Doc: Mapping the bombardment of Bristol

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Matt Coles, Archives Assistant has chosen a plan of bombs dropped, ranging from 50 kilos to 1,000 kilos, during the 1939-45 war.

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Update from Bristol At Home

It’s been a busy few months at Blaise Castle House Museum!

After Easter, we’ll open our doors again from Wednesday to Sunday. We’ve got a lovely new display of nineteenth century fashion, and a new pack of information in the kitchen gallery which b…

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Desert Island Doc: The mermaid and the monk

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Julian Warren, Archivist has chosen the surviving portions of a medieval temporale.

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Best of December: Christmas decorations

Now that the new year is here, we can showcase the wonderful photographs posted in December on our theme of Christmas decorations. We had some great responses.

Homemade seems to have been a theme in Bristol’s homes, this Christmas. Here is Lou Ar…

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Desert Island Doc: A festive feast at Bush Tavern

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Allie Dillon, Senior Archivist (Public Services) has chosen a bill of fare at J Weeks’s Bush Tavern, Corn Street, for Christmas 1790.

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December: Christmas decorations

Announcing the new theme for December: Christmas decorations!

We want to collect photos of how people in Bristol are decorating their homes for Christmas this year. Whether you’re putting up a tree, standing glittery reindeer on your mantelpiece or ha…