Bristol Record Office
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.
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.
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
Ten Centuries of Records
- 1 April — 15 July 2016 *on now
With records spanning ten centuries of Bristol’s history, Bristol Record Office continues the long tradition of record-keeping in the city.
The Ten Centuries of Records exhibition highlights the breadth and significance of the collections ranging from medieval royal charters, to records that capture economic and social change, to modern photographs and films.
Bristol Record Office: Documenting the City
- 12 May 2016
Join archivist Allie Dillon for a talk about the archives at Bristol Record Office.
From the intriguing medieval Curse of St Ewan to rare colour footage of the Second World War, Documenting the City is a chance to learn about this amazing collection of source material.
Part of the Ten Centuries of Records programme of events.
If you have specific access needs, please let us know in advance by contacting us or calling 0117 922 4224 and you’ll be given priority booking.
Bristol Record Office
B' Bond Warehouse
City of Bristol
0117 922 4224
0117 922 4236