Welcome to Brislington 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 platform can carry as full a range of exhibits as any museum and, like the original museum of ancient Alexandria in Egypt, it may one day promote the interests of all the Muses including performing arts - reflecting both wisely and wittily on our own unique place in the cosmos.
A free resource such as this is not only relevant to art-lovers, historians and the archaeological community, but is a monument to the people of Brislington, past and present, who appreciate how lucky we are to live here, and who want to strengthen community spirit, and preserve the best of what we have for future generations to enjoy and cherish in turn. Every museum is about shared local heritage of course, but the inspiration and purpose for this museum is rooted not our past, but our future.
A brief history of the museum
Brislington's first virtual museum was founded in 2010 by the Brislington Community Archaeology Project (BCAP) with a grant from Brislington Community Partnership (BCP), and it achieved national recognition for innovation in 2012 when it was featured by British Archaeology magazine. Following the demise of BCAP in 2017, a new not-for-profit community group - Brislington Museum - has been set up to carry the idea to the next level (released from the archaeological emphasis). In a neat twist, the BCP's successor - Brislington Community Website – has kindly allowed it to be hosted on their web space.
Contributions and comments
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 formal and 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 Virtual Museum is a voluntary and community group and is open at all levels to involvement by all members of the community equally - enquiries welcome.
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.
Our exhibits come from a wide range of sources, including organisations as well as individuals, and all are presented in good faith. If you would like to see an exhibit removed or its description etc amended (particularly if you feel your rights have been infringed, or the rights of somebody else), please let us know immediately. Our reputation is the most valued thing we have, and we strive to ensure the service we provide to our community is exemplary. We recognise we need help - your help - to achieve and maintain the standards you rightly expect of us, and your comments will be welcome.
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