University of Bristol coat of arms

University Collection and Public Art

University coat of arms

The University of Bristol coat of arms was granted with the Royal Charter in 1909. It comprises five symbols including a sun to represent the Wills family, a horse for the Fry family, a dolphin for the Colston family, an open book for learning, as well as the ship and castle from the medieval seal of the City of Bristol. The Latin motto beneath the shield translates as ‘[Learning] promotes one's innate power.’

  • Photographer: Ann Pethers
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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