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Flares, fires and destruction: The air raid of 24 November 1940

by Graham Tratt, Archivist 24 November 2020 marks 80 years since the first major devastating air raid on Bristol during World War Two. The raid and the damage it caused was recorded by local shipping inspector Leonard Pitman. Thanks to funding from the …

Practitioner brief: Film Editor for schools project

We are seeking a film editor to create four short films aimed at students aged 11-14 who are studying the British Empire and/or the 1947 Partition of India. Background We’re part of the British Library’s exciting national project Unlocking Our S…

UOSH changes the law!

by Katie Scaife, project manager, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Bristol Archives Unlocking Our Sound Heritage started off with many laudable aims, but changing the law of the land came as a surprise! One of our main aims for Unlocking Our Sound Her…

A day to celebrate: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

by Katie Scaife, project manager, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Bristol Archives Get out the bubbly! Today – 27 October – is the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. This year’s theme is Window on the World, and couldn’t be more apt. …

Advice from the Archives: Caring for cassettes

Top tips to preserve your old cassettes by David Brookfield, Audio Digitisation Engineer at Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) Believe it or not, cassettes are back. And chances are, you might have a few cassettes from a few years ago – if you…

Plan your visit

In line with Government guidance, Bristol Archives will close from Wednesday 4 November. All future bookings have been cancelled. We sincerely apologise for any disappointment and hope you will re-book your appointment once we’re able to re-open. In the…

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…