British Empire & Commonwealth Collection – Bristol Archives

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The British Empire & Commonwealth Collection, based at Bristol Archives, is a substantial archive documenting the history of countries in the former empire from the late 19th century to recent times.

This unique resource includes objects, artworks, photographs, films, papers and sound archives. These were donated by British people who lived and worked in many parts of the former empire and Commonwealth and reflect their occupations and interests.

The collection provides insights into diverse lives and landscapes. We are working to make this material available for people worldwide to examine difficult, forgotten or hidden histories from their own perspectives. We also actively use the collection in exhibitions and community-led projects, and are continuing to collect new material. You can visit our website to find out more and search our catalogue here.

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