Historical Documents

historic-docsBristol‘s Museums Galleries, Archives & Libraries has large collections of historical documents connected to the Harbour. These include records of the Docks Company, the City Council (including the Port of Bristol Authority) and Society of Merchant Venturers. These collections are made up of letters, accounts, photographs, maps and plans, newspapers and much more.

Much of this material is available for personal research at both Bristol Record Office and the Bristol Reference Library at the Central Library. Information on how to use historical documents as a learning resource is also provided on this website.

Please note these images of historical documents are made available for non-commercial use in schools or for personal research. Reproduction fees are payable for publication in any form. Please contact the Museum Service at for further details.

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