Bristol Record Office

An old red-brick warehouse standing next to a river, with a suspension bridge in the background.
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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.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm

First two Thursdays of month: 9.30am - 7pm.
First two Saturdays of month: 10am - 4pm.

Closed: Sundays and Mondays, and third, fourth and fifth Saturday of the month.

Admission charges

Free entry

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.

Records include:
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.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection

Bristol Record Office
B' Bond Warehouse
Smeaton Road
City of Bristol




0117 922 4224


0117 922 4236

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