• © Neil McCoubrey

Bristol Archives

  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

Venue number: 10

Bristol Archives

  • Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Venue number: 10

  • © Neil McCoubrey

Bristol Archives



From parchment to film: sift through Bristol’s history with a behind-the-scenes tour of the city’s warehouse archives.


Watch spellbinding archive film footage in the B Bond Warehouse – a former tobacco store. Journey back in time as you explore an exhibition of Bristol’s history of housing, part of the #HomesforHeroes100 project.


The tour: Sign up on arrival for a tour and see Bristol’s earliest records in the archive strong rooms.


Curious about your history? Get free genealogy advice from Bristol & Avon Family History Society.


Please note: The searchroom will not be open for research.

Key Information

  • Address B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN
  • Amenities
    Accessible toilet
    Disabled parking
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Partial Wheelchair access
    Baby changing facilities

Design Information

  • Built1908
  • Designed byEngineer: Edmond Coignet
  • Building styleIndustrial warehouse

B Bond Warehouse is one of three bonded tobacco warehouses built at Cumberland Basin during the tobacco import boom of the early 20th century, all built by the local firm of William Cowlin & Son and B Bond. This was the first major UK building constructed using the reinforced concrete system pioneered by Edmond Coignet.