Bristol Record Office
Bristol Record Office
B' Bond Warehouse
City of Bristol
0117 922 4224
0117 922 4236
Our goal is to preserve and make available for research records and photographs relating to the history of Bristol.
This Record Office has Designated Collections of national importance.
Open 9.30am–4.30pm Tuesday to Friday
10am–4pm first two Saturdays of the month
Also open 9.30am–7pm first two Thursdays of the month
Closed: Sundays and Mondays, and third, fourth and fifth Saturday of the month.
Part of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to the history and development of the city of Bristol are on display here.
The other part of these collections can be seen at Bristol Central Library’s Local Studies Service. Please contact Bristol Record Office for more information if you wish to see a specific item.
This comprehensive collection is essential to the study of the city of Bristol and its place in national history.
Monica Britton Collection
Official archives e.g. Bristol City Council, petty and quarter sessions, coroner, hospitals and schools
Ecclesiastical archives e.g. Diocese of Bristol, Bristol C of E parish records, nonconformist records
Private gifts and deposits e.g. businesses, clubs & societies, landed estates notably the Smyth family of Ashton Court, individuals.
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Bristol’s ‘White City’
- 11 October 2014 — 27 February 2015 *on now
Explore the story of the ‘White City’, built for Bristol’s International Exhibition and taken over for soldiers of the First World War.
Running in conjunction with Moved by Conflict, this display reveals a little known aspect of Bristol’s wartime history.
The International Exhibition, created to celebrate the British Empire, occupied 30 acres at Ashton Meadows. It opened in the summer of 1914 but closed as soon as the First World War broke out.
The site became barracks for Bristol’s Own and other regiments and extraordinary archive photographs reveal the rapid transition from peace to war.
Join author Clive Burlton on Saturday 8 November to hear how he uncovered the story of Bristol’s ‘White City’.
Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives is a partner in Bristol 2014, an extensive programme of activity marking the centenary of the start of the First World War in the city.
- Any age
Volunteer sessions: Know Your Bristol on the Move
- 20 May 2014 — 31 March 2015 *on now
We’re taking part in a ‘Know Your Bristol on the Move’ project and we’re looking for volunteers from across Bristol to research a collection of old postcards from our archives.
To find out more, come to one of our drop-in sessions held on Tuesday mornings.
For more information, please visit the Know Your Bristol On the Move blog or email the project’s Engagement Coordinator, Dr Nick Nourse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol Local History Book Fair
- 6 November — 6 December 2014 *on now
Join us for the annual Bristol Local History Book Fair. Books and pamphlets on sale from Bristol publishers, authors and societies.
Browse a wide selection of local history titles and listen to free talks in the afternoon.
Booksellers will include Bristol Books, Bygone Bristol, Redcliffe Press, the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group and Tangent Books, several independent authors – and more.
Family history advice from the Bristol & Avon Family History Society
Local history talks – details to be announced in November.