Welcome to Brislington's Virtual Museum
Brislington may not build its own bricks-and-mortar museum any time soon, but a virtual museum is the very next best thing. This museum was founded in 2010 by the Brislington Community Archaeology Project (BCAP), and achieved national recognition as a ground-breaking innovation when in May 2012 it was featured by British Archaeology magazine. The database of online exhibits was developed with funding from Brislington Community Partnership (BCP). Following the demise of BCAP in 2017, the BCP's successor - Brislington Community Website – has kindly allowed it to be hosted here.
Comments and contributions
We hope you'll enjoy your visit and will come again. We welcome feedback, so please do contact us if you have any comments, particularly if you can offer information about any of the items on display, or have suggestions for new exhibits.
There are also plenty of informal opportunities to get involved, ranging from photographing artefacts, to researching and writing the descriptions - in fact whatever your interest, there's probably something you can do to join in. Enthusiasm is enough to make up for any lack of previous experience (no worries, we all started from scratch!) To find out more please email the website administrator.
Curators are unpaid volunteers in this not-for-profit project, and the current ones happen to come from the same family: Ken Taylor was a founder member of BCAP and even chaired it for a while before until standing down to focus on writing a book on the history of St Anne's medieval chapel and holy well; Joules Taylor has been managing websites since 1998 and created the look and feel of this one, and takes care of its day-to-day upkeep; and Kai Taylor is studying Computer Engineering at the University of Bristol, and developed and maintains the PHP programme that gives the museum its functionality. This family connection is an accident of history of course, adopted out of convenience rather than any deliberate policy, and Brislington's Virtual Museum is a resource open at all levels to involvement by all members of the community.
All the museum's photographs and text are protected by copyright but may be used freely for private study, and also for certain aspects of non-commercial research as defined in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This notice does not restrict the use of the museum's published resources under the 'fair dealing' terms of the Act. If you're unsure about how the law affects what you want to do, or if you wish to reproduce anything for display or publication, please contact the website administrator.
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