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.

Bristol’s ‘White City’

  • 11 October 2014 — 27 February 2015 *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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: