A Place for Everyone

Stories of Colston Hall from the people of Bristol

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In this special exhibition, the people of Bristol give voice to their stories of Colston Hall as audio interviews are combined with around 40 specially commissioned illustrations, which together give enjoyable snapshots into the often unique role the Hall has played in people’s lives.

Meet a retired wrestler, the house manager, a Jamaican musician who brought new sounds to the Hall, an esteemed actor with the Rapier Players, a school child who was conducted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and even some baby badgers, in this patchwork of tales from the last seven decades of the Hall’s life.

Drawn from around 20 in-depth interviews, you can also hear snippets of short dialogues conducted with people from across the city, all presented alongside illustrations and concertina notebooks by illustrator Matt Booker.

Exhibition Dates

Mon 18- Fri 22 Nov

Mon 25-Fri 29 Nov

Free Printmaking Workshops

Join our exhibition illustrator Matt Booker to explore your stories of Colston hall and music in Bristol through a special printmaking workshop!

Suitable for all ages, no booking necessary and drop-ins welcome.

Workshops running on Tue 19 & Wed 20 of November from 12:00 – 16:00 on the Lower Ground Floor

Interviews conducted by Tot Foster with thanks to the contributors.

Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Journeys of Sound – Wed 27 Nov, 8pm

Inspired by the theme of the Hall as a place for everyone, we’re hosting a free night of improvised music in our Stalls Bar. Come and enjoy a drink while vocalist and songwriter Priscilla Andersohn and her live band explore the unifying power of music.


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This exhibition is part of our heritage programme, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund


Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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