National Archive Awareness Campaign At Bristol Record Office

By Roslyn Tappenden | 24 September 2004
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A large red brick warehouse situated in front of a lake. In the distance is a large suspension bridge.

The 'B' Bond warehouse - home of Bristol Record Office. Image courtesy of Bristol Record Office.

A unique display of Quaker archives is one of the events happening at Bristol Record Office as part of the National Archives Awareness Campaign 2004.

Quakers in Bristol Anniversary 1654-2004 coincides with the Q350 celebrations, marking the 350th anniversary of arrival of the Quakers in the city.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Tuesday, October 5, at 12.30pm by the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

Talks, performances and historical walks to promote archive awareness will also be taking place throughout the autumn.

An engraving of a tall ship in stormy seas.

Learn about the ill-fated transport ship London that sank near Ilfracombe in 1796. Image courtesy Bristol Record Office.

Local historian and author John Penny will be talking about the wreck of the transport ship London that sank in Rapparee Cove, near Ilfracombe in 1796.

The talk, which will take place on Wednesday, October 13, is based around the archival evidence proving that skeletons recovered from the wreck in 1997 were those of slaves on their way to Bristol to be sold.

On Tuesday, November 23, Rosemary Harriott from the Avon Gardens Trust will be talking about Stoke Park, the eighteenth century house and gardens.

The archives have been vital in restoring the house and its creators are brought to life through maps, letters, estate accounts and sketches held by the archives office.

A tapestry depicting a large house on top of a large hill surrounded by trees. In the foreground are two cows.

Learn about the history of Stoke Park and its creators. Image courtesy of Bristol Record Office.

The National Archive Awareness Campaign aims to raise awareness of archives and make them more accessible to the public.

Events will be taking place every week until December 14, culminating with the Archive Awareness Festival Finale. Last year’s finale, a talk about Bristol-based winemaker, Harvey’s, was hosted by Allied Domecq and included a wine tasting.

The South West launched its campaign in August with a photographic exhibition at Bristol Record Office entitled Gypsies and Travellers.

Full details of all events can be found on the Archive Awareness website

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