1. Dr. Bashir Fazel

    Dr. Bashir Fazel (born 1885) came to Bristol in 1925, from the undivided Punjab region of what is now split between Pakistan and India. It was then part of the British Raj (Empire); Doctors and medical professionals were required to help the British in their war efforts. Some of those who served in World War […]

  2. The Bristol Tapestry: A Stitch in Time

    The Bristol Tapestry was the idea of Mrs Jean Tanner and Mrs Marjorie Bleasedale in the late 1960s to record important events from the city’s past. By 1976 the project was complete, having involved over 90 local people. In fact it’s not a tapestry at all, but includes many different embroidery stitches, appliqué techniques and […]

  3. Richard Hart: Caribbean historian and activist in Bristol

    Look hard among the plaques on the cafe wall of Bristol’s Arnos Vale cemetery and you will find a small plaque dedicated to Ansell Richard Hart (1917-2013). The plaque may be small, but Hart’s legacy is anything but. He helped shape a whole new way of looking at African Caribbean history. In 2002, Hart, along […]

  4. Delftware in Bristol

    Bristol was home to several delftware potteries. In 1682 Edward Ward, an apprentice at Brislington, set up the first pottery in the city centre on Water Lane, commonly called the Temple Back pottery. Others opened as the demand for delftware grew. The industry continued until the 1780s.   Bristol was already an industrial centre and major […]

  5. Delftware: Bristol’s Collection

    The project aimed to raise the profile of Bristol’s important collection of delftware. At over 2,000 pieces, it’s one of the largest in the UK. What is delftware? In Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands delftware was the name given to tin-glazed earthenware. This type of pottery is also known elsewhere as maiolica (Italy) and faience […]

  6. Bristol Trade Unions

    Trade unions were set up and exist to protect the pay, benefits, working conditions and status of workers through collective bargaining. They can help shape a more hopeful society. Our collections provide an insight into the history of Bristol trade unions and industrial action. You can also find more paper-based evidence in Bristol Archives (Ref.32080). […]

  7. Historical Somalia

    For centuries the different Somali speaking groups within the region of the ‘Horn of Africa’, on the far east coast of the continent, had been nomadic pasturalists. This meant that they spent a lot of their time travelling large distances to find pasture for their animals, and also to trade with people from other regions. […]

  8. Alfred the Gorilla

    His lively personality included a habit of throwing snowballs, wearing woolly jumpers, and a dislike of bearded men and aeroplanes. Stories of Alfred even made the press in America during World War II as US Army troops stationed in Bristol sent stories and postcards of him home. On March 10, 1948, Alfred died after 18 […]

  9. The Legacies

    What happened after abolition? Find out more about the legacies of the transatlantic traffic in enslaved Africans in Bristol.

  10. Princess Campbell: One of Bristol’s first Black ward sisters

    After working at Wills’s Tobacco factory, she was accepted as a student nurse at Manor Park Hospital. Her time there, however, was difficult: “The English nurses would have the easiest jobs; we, the black nurses, would be in the sluice cleaning bedpans and vomit boards. You couldn’t complain because the ward sister made a report. […]