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
- 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.
- Any age
Suggested Donation: £2
Bristol’s ‘White City’
- 11 October 2014 — 27 February 2015
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: email@example.com
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.
Bristol’s African Caribbean Music Heritage
- 11 October 2014 From 4pm
Explore the music and the legendary (sometimes infamous) venues of this era, through songs, archives, film and food.
There’ll be an opportunity to discuss and share how you want to archive your musical heritage – you’re invited to bring a story, memory, poster, programme, ticket stub or any other aspect of Bristol’s music history to share and add to our collections.
Event takes place at Trinity Centre, Trinity Road.
Hosted by Know Your Bristol On the Move and Bristol Record Office.
- Any age