The Museum of Bristol and its public

By Madge Dresser

Issue 13, Summer 2005 pp 6-7

‘The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is a much-loved Bristol institution containing collections of national status alongside local treasures. But though its visitors often linger at Ernest Board’s grand 1930 painting of Some Who Have Made Bristol Famous, the museum as a whole does not focus on the city’s own history. Certainly, the lives of ordinary Bristolians have yet to be represented and as a buoyant market rewrites the city’s topography, there is a real need to historicise Bristol’s urban spaces’. In this article, Dresser looks at the plans to open a museum which fills the gaps left by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

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