Below are the details of what we offer to support your curriculum at M Shed – contact us to book your visit.
All group visits must be booked in advance (whether you’re coming on an independent visit or to a paid session). Use of a lunch room is included in the price when booking a session which also needs to be booked in advance.
You can find for risk assessments to help plan a school visit in our resources section. There are specific risk assessments for the Discover Chocolate and Made in Bristol workshops at M Shed.
Made in Bristol
Paper bags, chocolate, rope, tobacco, ships and boots were all made in Bristol. Learn more about Bristol’s manufacturing history and have a go at some historical skills. This offer includes an exciting visit behind the scenes to explore the Industrial History collections at L Shed. You can download our Made in Bristol gallery trail from the resources section of our website (an immerse yourself session). £7 per pupil, suitable for Year 3-6.
We have a range of activities and teaching resources available especially for the Open for Business exhibition at M Shed. Find out more on the exhibition page.
Bristol’s ‘Wild’ Life
Bats and badgers, rabbits and robins – Bristol has exciting and diverse wildlife. Who are they, where do they live, what do they look like and how have they adapted to city life? Find out more at this one hour hands-on science session which includes opportunities for handling, recording and observation. £5 per pupil, suitable for Year 1-6.
During September and October this session will run at M Shed alongside the Nature, Camera, Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films exhibition.
September and October special offer
- Book a workshop and a visit to the exhibition for just £4 per child (usually £5)
- Receive a packet of wildlife friendly seeds for your school.
You can download Bristol parks and Bristol Floating Harbour wildlife trails from the resources section.
Bristol & the First World War
Explore the impact of the First World War on people’s lives in the city by investigating real and replica artefacts, photos and documents. After your session follow a trail around the galleries finding objects linked with the First World War (an immerse yourself session). £7 per pupil, suitable for Year 6-11.
The Port of Bristol
In 1732 Alexander Pope said of Bristol ‘In the middle of the street, as far as you can see, hundreds of ships, their masts as thick as they can stand by one another.’ Using a range of evidence find out more about Bristol’s historic port: its merchants, ships and cargoes (an immerse yourself session). £7 per pupil, suitable for Year 3-7.
Ships & Sailors
In 1675 the Bristol Merchant sailed for Smyrna in Turkey. Laden with goods intended for trade, the ship and its crew never returned. Climb aboard and sail with us to recreate this ill-fated voyage and find out what happened to the ship (one hour handle and discover session). £5 per pupil, suitable for Year 1-4.
Love chocolate and want to find out more? Led by our own Fry’s Angel, this one hour handle and discover workshop explores the history of Bristol’s world famous chocolate companies and their yummy products. £5 per pupil, suitable for Year 1-6.
Bristol at War: The Home Front
On 24th November 1940 Bristol city centre was blitzed and a quarter of the medieval city destroyed. Find out more about everyday life on the Bristol Home Front and how ordinary people coped with extraordinary circumstances (an immerse yourself session). £7 per pupil, suitable for Year 3 –7.
June special offer
Book Bristol at War: The Home Front and receive:
• Free ‘Email the Expert’ session to learn more about Bristol during WWII
• Win a pack of WWII goodies for your school in our writing competition
• Free resource CD
Bristol & the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Investigate five key themes using handling objects, images and documents to consider the question ‘should Bristol apologise for its role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade?’ Continue your research with a resourced teacher-led visit to the Transatlantic Slave Trade displays (an immerse yourself session). £5 per pupil, suitable for Year 7-11.
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