Archives

What could Bristol have to tell me about Kenya?

By Dr Lydia Muthuma, Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi Lydia Muthuma is one of the Building Shared Futures project team, funded by the University of Bristol to bring together British and Kenyan colleagues with an interest in material relating to th…

Come fly with me: Early days of the RAF in India

by Pat Ellingham, Archives volunteer I’ve been a volunteer with the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection for just over a year and one of the pleasures has been the involvement with stories of lives connected with Empire, a form of time-travel I’m …

Bristol then and now: ‘A Popular History of Bristol’

by Allie Dillon, City Archivist A new addition to Bristol Archives is a pair of albums of photographs and illustrations which belonged to local author George Pryce FSA (1801-1868). The images are the original artworks for his book A Popular History of Br…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: What happened next…

by Nicky Sugar, archivist at Bristol Archives In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonw…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 22 February 1919

In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives (ref: 200…

Voyages of Discovery in the Archives

By Geoff Naldrett, BECC Archives Placement Student As a mature student with a failing memory, not suited to three hour ‘memory test’ exams, I opted for a placement module during the final year of my BA(Hons) History degree at UWE. What a go…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 16 September 1918

In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives (ref: 200…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 14 July 1918

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist at Bristol Archives In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonw…

Margaret Duncan’s diary: 7 April 1918

by Nicky Sugar, Archivist at Bristol Archives In February 1918 Margaret Duncan, a Post Office clerk from Scotland, sailed to East Africa for a new job and new adventures. Her diary and photograph albums are now in the British Empire and Commonw…

Colston Hall’s heritage protected amid transformation

by Louise Anderson, Colston Hall Lantern Project Colston Hall’s archives chart the history of its use over the last 150 years. From wrestling to opera, the archives tell the Hall’s story. These engaging records have been safely moved to Bristol Arc…