This virtual Cabinet of Curiosities has been created in celebration of the centenary of the University of Bristol. It showcases 100 objects from across the University’s wonderful and diverse museum and archive collections. Did you know the University has the skeleton of the last polar bear to be kept at Bristol Zoo? Would you like to take a look inside Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s sketchbook? Enter the Cabinet of Curiosities.
About the collections
The collections participating in the Cabinet of Curiosities include:
The collections are invaluable resources for teaching and research at the University of Bristol, and some of them are open to the public.
What is a cabinet of curiosities?
Cabinets of curiosities were the first incarnations of what we now call museums. Initially created in the sixteenth century by wealthy aristocrats, they were rooms crammed full of collected specimens of natural history, artworks, antiquities and other historical artefacts. Cabinets were both sources of inspiration and wonder, and important resources for academic research.