1. Bristol and the Transatlantic Traffic in Enslaved Africans

    What was the transatlantic traffic in enslaved Africans? Who benefitted from it? What was Bristol’s involvement and what are its legacies today? What was the transatlantic traffic in enslaved Africans? The slave trade was part of the network of trade which existed between Britain, West Africa and the Caribbean. This trade also serviced Virginia and […]

  2. The Horfield Five: Suffragettes in Bristol

    Prisoners at HMP Bristol (Horfield Prison) have been exploring suffrage and women’s rights by engaging directly with historical artefacts and documents from 1909, when five suffragettes were imprisoned in Bristol. Working in collaboration with feminist Bristol based street artist Rozalita, they have created a mural on the wall leading to the prison wing in which […]

  3. Bristol’s 16th Century Slave Traders: The Spanish Connection

    Was Bristol hero John Cabot really a slave trader? Historian Heather Dalton explains it was actually Cabot’s son Sebastian who, along with his contemporaries, introduced the port to the idea of enslaving Africans. In the wake of Black Lives Matter and the toppling of Colston’s statue, two petitions called for John Cabot’s name to be […]

  4. Home

    We hope you enjoy exploring the collections – we’re working to add more objects and stories. This is only a tiny curated selection of our collection – find everything at museums.bristol.gov.uk.

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  6. Bristol Museum’s Romany wagon and the power of museum objects

    When the wagon, known as a vardo, was bought by the museum in 1953 it was displayed outside Blaise Museum, at that time a folk museum. It came to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in 1957. We didn’t have any information about original owners, just the people from 1950 onwards. Thanks to recent information, we now understand […]

  7. Stories

    From prehistoric times to the present day, explore stories about Bristol and the world through the city’s objects, art and people.