Photo of the Bristol Dinosaur model Thecodontosaurus

Learning with Bristol’s museums means exciting encounters with real artefacts from some of the UK’s finest collections. The stories that they tell bring learning to life by inspiring curiosity and promoting creativity.

Our Bristol 50, a brand new museum learning programme, supports teaching and learning for Key Stages 1 – 4 in Art, Science and History. Uniquely, it uses museum collections to connect children and young people with the city, developing a greater sense of place and identity through place-based learning.

The Bristol 50 offers four different ways of engagement:

  • Handle & discover – a one hour museum-led session using our collections
  • Immerse yourself – a half day or full day carousel of activities that could include handling, gallery activities, meet the expert, role play, a walk or trail, a store tour
  • Meet the expert – find out more by talking to a museum expert about their specialist subject
  • Create your curriculum – continuing professional development sessions and resources to support your curriculum

Follow the links below to get a taster of what the Bristol 50 can offer to support your curriculum at our museums. Contact us to book and to find out more about the full programme – all group visits must be booked in advance (whether you’re coming on an independent visit or to a workshop).

Sign up to our Teacher’s Newsletter to keep up to date on our schools programme, offers and exhibitions – sent out every term. You can read past editions online: November 2014.

If you’re looking for risk assessments so that you can plan a school visit, you’ll find them for all sites in our Resources section.

Spotlight on: Stone Age to Iron Age, January 2015

Our special theme this month is prehistoric Britain. Discover more about the Stone Age by booking our special one hour workshop, handling stone tools made and used over 600,000 years ago.

During February Bristol’s Wild Life steps into the spotlight followed by Egyptomania! in March.

Read more about what workshops are ‘under the spotlight’ on our blog.

Open for Business – free professional development opportunity for teachers

We’re offering teachers the opportunity to attend a FREE professional development event on 29 January 2015 specially designed by Creativity, Culture & Education (CCE) as part of the Open for Business exhibition at M Shed.

Find out more and book your place.


Learning at Bristol’s museums

Follow the links below to see a taster of what we offer at each of our museums.

Image of a slab of rock with red footprints and handprints on it

M Shed

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (and Kings Weston Roman Villa)

Blaise Castle House Museum

The Red Lodge Museum