Local history resources
Information about our local history collection.
Our local history collection in the Reference Library includes:
- street directories
- electoral registers
- local catalogues and indexes
- newspapers and magazines from 1704 to the present, mostly available on microfilm
- a press cuttings collection
- oral history tapes and transcripts
- books and other material about Bristol and the transatlantic slave trade
You need to tell us ahead of time if you’d like to see:
- manuscript material
- hard copies of newspapers
Ring 0117 9037202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
You’ll need to bring proof of identity and address to use manuscript material. You can use your passport, driving license, recent utility bill, or a combination to cover both name and address.
Map enquiries can be complex. Make sure you set enough time aside when you visit to look at maps.
Schools or groups can arrange visits to look at our local studies and family history collections. For information, email the Local Studies Librarian on email@example.com .
Our local history resources in Bristol Archives include:
- official records of the city from medieval times to the present
- public records of local schools, hospitals, police, courts and prisons
- poll books and electoral registers
- street directories
- maritime records, including muster rolls, crew lists, log books and presentments
- records of the Diocese of Bristol
- parish registers and records
- records of local organisations, institutions and charities
- records of Bristol businesses
- records of estates, families and individuals associated with Bristol and its history
- maps, ranging from early city plans to modern Ordnance Survey maps
- illustrations and photographs of Bristol
- archive films of Bristol
- local history books
Schools or groups can use our education room to study the archive collections. Contact us for information.
Elsewhere on the web
- Bristol Libraries' 1807 project on flickr photostream Go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/bristol-libraries/albums/72157617940045291 (opens new window)
- Bristol Museums Go to https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Know Your Place (enhanced version) Go to http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/kyp/?edition= (opens new window)
- Know Your Place (standard version) Go to http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/knowyourplace/?maptype=js (opens new window)