Archives

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.

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.

The John Horwood book

One of the most curious items in the Bristol Archives collection is one of the UK’s few surviving examples of a book bound in human skin. In 1821 John Horwood, an 18 year old from Hanham, near Bristol, was the first person publicly executed at Bri…

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.

Bristol Archives

Bristol Archives We look after the archives of the city of Bristol (and surrounding areas) and make them available to everybody, free of charge.

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.

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.