Bristol Record Office

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




0117 922 4224


0117 922 4236

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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

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.

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Revealing Stories

  • 10 June — 4 October 2014 *on now

By focusing on living memory (c1940s to the present), the exhibition tells how people in Bristol fought to shape and control their own lives. Based on oral history interviews and archival records, this is the story of those who started to build LGBT communities and helped to make history.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Suggested Donation: £2


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

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:


Black and white photo of rerord books.

Bristol Doors Open Day

  • 13 September 2014 10am-4pm

Join us on Bristol Doors Open Day to find out how we care for the city’s archives at B Bond Warehouse.

Book a place on a behind-the-scenes tour to find out how 800 years of historic records are preserved, stored and used, or drop in on the day to see archive films of Bristol and the ground-breaking OutStories exhibition.

The Bristol & Avon Family History Society research room will also be open, with members offering free family history advice.

Part of Bristol Doors Open Day – an annual event offering the chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures.