Bristol Record Office

Bristol Record Office
B' Bond Warehouse
Smeaton Road
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS1 6XN
England

Website

www.bristol.gov.uk/recordoffice

E-mail

bro@bristol.gov.uk

Telephone

0117 922 4224

Fax

0117 922 4236

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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.

Venue Type:

Archive

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

Archives

Key artists and exhibits

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

Against the enemies of Great Britain: Bristol privateers in the 18th century

  • 13 February — 30 May 2014 *on now

Privateering was big business in 18th century Bristol, when respectable merchants invested in cruises to capture ships from enemy countries and shared their profits with the seamen who joined these dangerous ventures. This exhibition explores the rewards and risks of privateering - and the effects of foreign privateers on Bristol’s trade.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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