With the demolition of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office looming in 2019, the University of Bristol want to collect stories and recollections about the area from the people who knew it best – you!

You may have seen the University recently appointed three artists-in-residence to document the regeneration of the area through art and poetry. By collecting your memories of the area ahead of the University’s development of the site for their new Enterprise Campus, they hope to create a new archive of the area’s heritage, its connections to Bristol and the rest of the world.

The council have been completing preparation works on the site and will be demolishing the former Sorting Office in early 2019 when the site will then be handed over to the University of Bristol.

Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning and City Design, said: “Regeneration of the Temple Quarter is an essential part of our commitment to creating new homes, jobs and inclusive sustainable growth for Bristol. We want to create a vibrant new space with an active evening economy – while still being sensitive to the heritage of the area. Collecting stories from the past will really help with this and I encourage people to come forward and share their memories”.

If you once walked through the corridors of the Sorting Office, remember when cattle were driven through the surrounding streets, partied the night away at a nearby rave in the 90s, or have any other memories of the area make sure you share your story.

You can get in touch with the University through their dedicated Enterprise Campus webpage, email the team at temple-quarter@bristol.ac.uk or leave an answer phone message on 0117 428 2322 for one of the artists to call you. If you are sharing on social media, make sure you include #TempleQuarterStories.