Tell your story to museum experts
BRISTOLIANS are being urged to share the stories behind their most treasured possessions as part of a hands-on history project.
Whether it's a favourite toy, football ticket or even a magazine, people are being urged to take their special objects to M shed, below, tomorrow for the 'Know Your Bristol' event.
It is the last in a series of events which has explored some of the city's best-loved and most intriguing places.
Bristol University researchers and M shed curators will be there to photograph objects and talk about their meaning.
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All the information will be added to the city council's 'Know Your Place' website, set up to build a picture of neighbourhoods across the city through interactive maps, images and historic facts.
Bristol University lecturer Dr Josie McLellan said: "We hope that people will be inspired by the museum's collections to bring in objects that say something about their lives in Bristol and take a few minutes to tell us about them.
"Clothes, magazines, photos, paintings, train sets – the more weird and wonderful, the better."
Follow-up visits can be arranged for larger items such as pianos, dolls' houses or bomb shelters.
Visitors to the museum will also be able to see material gathered from previous events, which have focused on Bristol Zoo, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Kings Weston, South Bristol, Lockleaze and Hillfields.
There will also be a chance to explore the Know Your Place website and hear some of the stories that have already been uploaded.
Kate Miller, from the Centre for Public Engagement, said: "These events have been a wonderful opportunity to look at Bristol through the eyes of those who have lived here and seen how it has changed over the years.
"We have heard some incredible stories, from the practical jokes that zookeepers used to play to moving accounts of growing up after the Second World War."
Earlier this year, the Post teamed up with M shed to run a campaign called Family Treasures, encouraging Bristol families to tell the story of their most treasured belongings and send in photographs, which were passed to the museum for use in the project. Readers nominated items ranging from posters and tobacco tins to clocks and a carved wooden elephant.
To take part in tomorrow's event (Saturday), turn up at the museum between 10am and 4pm. Admission is free and no booking is required.
For more information on the project visit mshed.org/whats-on/events.