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Plan your visit

Bristol Archives reopens from Tuesday 8 September. We welcome anyone who wants to use our collections and ask for research advice. Our service is open to everyone, free of charge, but you must book an appointment to visit us. During the booking proc…

Re-opening news!

We’re thrilled to announce that M Shed, Bristol Archives and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will soon be re-opening. We can’t wait to see you! M Shed and Bristol Archives will reopen on Tuesday 8 September. Bristol Museum & Art Gal…

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: A day in the life of an audio cataloguer

by Philippa Lewis, Project Cataloguer Since October 2018 I’ve been working as an audio cataloguer for the Unlocking our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project team based at Bristol Archives. This has been my first experience of working solely with audio mat…

Penelope Chetwode and ‘the perfect ADC’ (personal assistant)

by Pat Ellingham, Archives volunteer Our volunteer, Pat Ellingham, found this story of the young Penelope Chetwode (later Lady Betjeman) in the photograph albums of Geoffrey Kellie, part of the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection. There’s a defin…

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: Evacuees in St Levan

by Cara Powell, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage volunteer Cara Powell is completing her BA in History at the University of the West of England. The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage team were lucky enough to have her as a volunteer in 2019-20. Cara worked on a nu…

Listen to 40 years of art & artists from the Arnolfini archive

by David, Sam and Philippa, from the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project The first collection held by Bristol Archives that Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) digitised was from Arnolfini, Bristol’s contemporary arts centre. 40 years of artists’ ta…

Bristol’s VE Day celebrations brought to life

On Friday 8 May, we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the end of the Second World War in Europe. On Tuesday 8 May 1945, celebrations took place across the country and Bristol was no exception. Two different audio-visual archives from Brist…