22nd Nov 2021   

Our normal programme of around 50 events a year had been severely curtailed by COVID-19.  Presently we have managed to arrange a small number of visits and trips over the next three months and are resuming our series of monthly talks at the M Shed Studio (with tea/coffee and cake); see below for details.  Also, Bristol Museums service is offering a range of on-line events, some of which are listed here.


Behind the Scenes: Avery’s Wine Cellar

2.30pm    02nd Dec 2021    Avery's, Culver Street, BS1 5LD 

We start with an introduction to the history of the business and the wine trade, followed by a tasting of four wines specially selected to illustrate the talk.

Cost: £20 per person.

To secure a place please complete the booking form included with the September newsletter.

Contact: Carol Lear   0117 942 3610


Museum Winter Lecture: The ORIGINS Festival and Indigenous interventions in museums

7.30pm    09th Dec 2021    Priory Road Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol, 8 Woodland Road 

Relationships between museums and Indigenous people have become increasingly complex in recent years, with questions of ownership, appropriation, decolonisation and repatriation coming to the fore.
Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, which offers a space in Britain for Indigenous people to articulate their cultures, has been working closely with Indigenous artists and major museums to move these important conversations forward.
The speaker, Michael Walling, founded Border Crossings in 1995.  He studied History at Oxford University, and subsequently trained at Trinity College, Dublin.

To book a free ticket please click here.

The Museum Winter Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends.


Museum talk – Secrets from the stores: Highlights from the costume collection

2.00 - 3.00pm    02nd Dec 2021    Held over Zoom 

Bristol Museums has an extensive collection of costume and textiles comprising around 10,000 items dating from the 1730s.
These exquisite items include beautiful court dresses, printed Victorian fabrics, flapper dance wear and wartime utility.  Accessories range from fans, hats and corsages to all kinds of unusual shoes such as dancing slippers, silk boots, and 1970s platforms.
This online talk will take you into the museum stores for a visual feast of fashion history. You will hear about changing styles, uncover hidden details and hear about the social changes that shape the costume collection.

The speaker, Catherine Littlejohns, is senior curator of the Historic Houses.

To book a place for this online talk click here.


Museum talk: ‘She is capable but sullen and troublesome’. Analysis of the Muller Orphan Homes’ Dismissal Books, 1850-1900

6.00 - 7.30pm    16th Dec 2021    Held over Zoom 

ONLINE TALK: Discover the types of work Muller’s orphans went on to do. Why were some deemed unsuitable for work, and what happened to them?

Speaker Kate Brooks is an Associate Lecturer in Education History at Bath Spa University, currently researching Muller’s Orphan Homes for a PhD.

This talk will be held over Zoom.  To book a place with the museums service click here.