bfhlogoThis Resource was created as part of Bristol Floating Harbour 200 bicentenary celebrations (1809–2009).

It was devised by staff working on the M Shed (Museum of Bristol) project, the new city history museum for Bristol. Opening in 2011, the museum will tell the story of Bristol across the ages – from ancient times to modern days. It will also tell the fascinating stories of people who have lived and worked here. It will be a museum which engages, informs and entertains, and which has learning experiences at its heart.

We are most grateful to Osborne Clarke, solicitors, for generously funding the creation of this website. Osborne Clarke were  Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s solicitors in the 1830s and still have an office in Bristol.

We would like to thank the following for their input to and help with the content of this site:

Bristol’s Museum’s, Galleries and Archives volunteers based at M Shed site, Princes Wharf

  • Andrea Murray – Andrea has researched information from historical documents, the oral history collection and other sources to support the images included on this site.
  • Rosie-Faye Fletcher – Rosie has contributed much of her volunteer time to photographing the contemporary harbour. Thus creating a catalogue of images that record the harbour up to the present day.
  • Will Jessop – Will has transcribed and selected suitable excerpts from the oral history collection for us to use on this site.
  • Sue Norman – for her help in proof reading the contents of this website.
  • Sue Thurlow – for her help in proof reading the contents of this website.

Bristol Record Office staff – have researched further primary source material for this site from the archives, given us support in accessing and understanding this material and supplied it in a suitable form for use on this site.

Bristol Reference Library at the Central Library, Bristol– have supported us in researching further information about the Floating Harbour held in the Local History collection.

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