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Bristol and Transatlantic Slavery: A textbook for schools

by Richard Kennett, Assistant Headteacher at Gatehouse Green Learning Trust and Jane Hack, Senior Engagement Officer for Learning at Bristol Museums Watching the Colston statue fall last summer was a profound moment for our city. It made us reconsider o…

Our Bristol

by Finn White, Community Engagement Officer What makes your neighbourhood unique? What makes Bedminster bounce, Hartcliffe hum, and St Pauls sing? Have you seen your neighbourhood afresh during the pandemic? We’re teaming up with Bristol Photogr…

We’re painting the M Shed cranes!

by Caroline Booth-Morris, Development Manager If you have taken a stroll around the harbour lately you may have noticed that we have temporarily closed the walkway outside M Shed and moved all four cranes closer together. This is because we have begun t…

Covid collecting

by Amber Druce, Curator of History In March 2020, we did a call out for objects, stories and photos of Bristol’s response to Coronavirus. We had plenty of feedback, especially at the start, and the insights were really useful. Since then, I’ve also app…

A potted history of soap making in Bristol – until 1954

By Lee Hutchinson, curator of history Bristol has laid claim to several firsts in English history. One of those is soap manufacturing. In the 1815 edition of the Bristol Guide, the author echoed the belief that “the first manufacture of Soap in Eng…

Bristol’s remarkable trans pioneer: Michael Dillon

by Cheryl Morgan, co-chair of Outstories Bristol, an LGBTQ+ local history group Bristol has an impressive connection to transgender history. The great writer, Jan Morris, was born in Clevedon, and the city is also home to two modern trans stars: Trav…

That Be Bristle: The Bristol accent according to Bristolians

By Karen Garvey, engagement officer for events We’re exploring all things Bristolian for #BrizzleWeek. Bristol people are often proud of who they are and how they sound. Home-grown speakers in these clips recorded for the opening of M Shed dis…

Preserving wildlife corridors to climate activism

by Natasha Machin, Visitor Assistant at Bristol Museums Despite the roar of the M32 driving into the heart of Bristol, an altogether greener route delivers bird song and the buzz of bees, frogs, badgers and urban foxes. Bristol is home to local acting a…

Being Bristol. Being British. Being Black – by Roger Griffith

by Roger Griffith MBE – Author, Lecture Consultant and recipient of Bristol Lord Mayor’s Medal I first arrived in Bristol with my Mum in 1974, post her divorce from London and lived in a street that still bears the name of a slave-merchant: Co…