Museums and Groups in Avon

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Avon. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).



Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery looks after archaeology and objects from around the world. You can see the Dundry Middle Bronze Age hoard there, acquired through the Treasure process (GLO-6535E4).

Kings Weston Roman Villa

A variety of handling objects are available at the Scheduled Ancient Monument site of Kings Weston Roman Villa, where you can explore where Romans used to live right on Bristol’s doorstep.

M Shed

M Shed’s Bristol Places gallery focuses on the physical and dynamic city – the ways that people have shaped and experienced it and continue to do so. On display there is the 15th-century Alveston silver finger-ring (GLO-237E52). L Shed, adjoining M Shed, contains thousands of items from the industrial, maritime and social history collections.

Yate Heritage Centre

Explore the fascinating History of Yate and the surrounding area at Yate Heritage Centre, from the Romans and the Saxons, the Landowners and the Manors, to Yate’s bombing in World War II, and its transformation into a modern town.

Societies & Organisations

Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society

Promotes the study of the history and archaeology of Bristol & Gloucestershire and encourages the conservation of the historic environment.

Avon Local History & Archaeology Society

ALHA is the umbrella group for local history and archaeology societies in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.