The Bristol Volunteer research group have begun delving into the archives at the Bristol Record Office. Archivist Matt Coles gave us an introduction to the research rooms, outlining the computer cataloguing system and the cards, providing for the computer savvy and the paper lovers among us. Matt explained the strict rules to protect the old documents; no bags or pens or food allowed here. Matt’s helpful pointers and archivist support of the record office propelled us into a day of exciting exploration into the records on The Guild of the Brave and the Poor Things.
One member of the group John, on his first look into the Guild’s ‘Club book’ found the name of his mother and friends.
The keen eyed members armed with new themes and direction, following a stimulating discussion on disability language, set out into the world of the Bristol archives. The first stages of our research feel broad, and we are wondering whether our themes will lead us, or we will be led to more distinct themes.
One member of the group John, on his first look into the Guild’s ‘Club book’ found the name of his mother and friends; these he had not expected to find so soon and it sent shivers down his spine. An exciting discovery which makes us keen to delve deeper.
The next induction is taking place on Thursday 9th June; we hope to be uncovering more stories and personal discoveries like this!