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The Bristol Record Society is a registered charity devoted to the study and publication of the historic records of the City and County of Bristol. Since its foundation in 1929 it has published over seventy major volumes. These are an essential source for the investigation of Bristol’s history. All the volumes, together with their introductions, are products of the freely given work of scholars, each of whom is an expert in the chosen topic. The production of each volume is overseen by a managing editor, drawn from the Council of the Bristol Record Society. The Council is   made up of academics, archivists, librarians and other experts involved in the study of the city’s history. All volumes are typeset, copy edited and produced to professional standards. Our current publisher is 4word Ltd.

For more information about the Society’s formal aims and organisation, please see our Constitution.

Digitisation Initiative

Since 2015 the BRS has been engaged in an extensive programme of digitisation and electronic publication of works relating to Bristol history. All our volumes are freely available online on the Publications page, five years after their publication in print. Over a hundred other primary sources and scholarly works, including records volumes, pamphlets, research monographs and topographical prints of Bristol, have been digitised and e-published since 2019. These can be found on the Links page.

Those who wish to support our digitisation activities can make a direct donation to the associated fund. Donors can also choose to sponsor the digitisation of individual works, which will be recorded on the website. Recent benefactors include: Anistatia and Jared Brown, Richard Stone, John Reeks, Madge dresser, Evan Jones, Graham Thomas, Roger Starr, Brian Orchard and Alan Hale.


The Record Society is a charity and a voluntary group, which operates through the freely-given services of its officers, trustees and editors. We invite all our members to share in this liberality, in one of three ways.

·         A general donation to the society. Click to download a donation form.

·         A donation to our Digitisation Initiative. Click to download a donation form.

·         A bequest. Click to download a draft codicil to your will.

Past donors include: Derek Bond, Margaret McGregor, Monica Parkin and John Rhodes, as well as others who have asked to remain anonymous

Sales Manager vacancy

We are looking for a Sales Manager to sell our books to libraries and other customers. The work is unpaid, but the manager will be entitled to a printed copy (or pdf) of each volume produced.

The Society usually produces a book every year, sometimes two. These need to advertised to our regular customers, invoiced to their requirements, and dispatched subject to payment arrangements. There is also a strong back list, against which orders are made. And, subject to Covid, there are occasional events at which it is good if we have a sales stand.

From 2021 we shall produce each new volume in two formats, digital pdf and printed card-cover, so that customers will have the opportunity of buying either or both.

The Sales Manager should keep records of customers, their orders and payments, and the items supplied.  This does not call for any accounting or special IT skills, though being on e-mail is necessary, and keeping the records in spreadsheet form will make a lot of sense.

The Sales Manager will be an officer of the Council (managing Committee) and may be a member (this carries the responsibility of a Trustee for policies and practice generally); but need not be an historian (though an interest in the Society’s work will help).

The Sales Manager will be expected to produce a full report each year; and to keep Council informed of any special news or difficulties in between. The Sales Manager will also quite often be in touch, normally by e-mail, with the Treasurer.

Questions, expressions of interest or applications to the Treasurer, Dr J Harlow, or 01454 775731

Illustrated here is the City Badge, granted on 16 February 1983. The design of the badge is based on the City's ancient Coat of Arms which has its origins in the 13th century burgesses' seal. The earliest record of the adoption of the ship and castle theme as the official arms is in the three illuminated charters of 1373. The use of the Coat of Arms is, strictly speaking, confined to the City Council which obtained the grant of the City Badge in 1983 for use, with official permission, by institutions associated with the City.


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