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A Close Shave – a spaghetti junction in the city docks

By Dave Sage, M Shed volunteer As one ambles along the dockside taking in a visit to M Shed and enjoying everything the area has to offer in terms of leisure and pleasure, it’s salutary to think that this area would look very different if planners had t…

M Shed welcomes St Mungo’s

By Aoife Barrett, Unit 10 artist and Bristol Culture visitor assistant Back in June, as part of a new city-council artwork project called Threshold, St Mungo’s participants were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the wonderful treasures housed in L Sh…

The Bristol Maker Walk – what’s it all about?

by Lee Hutchinson, Curator of Industrial and Maritime History Over recent weeks, our Industrial and Maritime History department, based at M Shed, has been taking part in the Bristol Maker Walk project. But why – and what’s it all about? Put simply, it’s a…

New acquisition: Portrait of Tachaco by Nocona Burgess

by Alex Rankin, Senior Visitor Assistant In January, the museum purchased a painting by Nocona Burgess, a Native American artist. Burgess, who is a member of the Comanche Nation of Native Americans, caught the attention of museum curators after a solo …

Conserving Bristol’s Fine Art displays

Work is well underway refurbishing the Old Masters gallery by taking down the old damask wall covering and giving it a new coat of paint, as well as repairing the ceiling and dealing with various other challenges that old buildings present.

Mothers in our collection

To celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 6 March, we thought we’d have a look around our collection for where ‘mothers’ might appear. Here are just a few we wanted to share with you…

Transforming Bristol’s Fine Art displays

The challenge continues! We’re transforming Bristol’s Fine Art displays – the Old Masters gallery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is now closed for refurbishment, reopening in May 2016.

The lost lioness returns!

Whilst rummaging through the natural history stores hidden below Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, we came across a lion skull from the research collection which had an interesting old label, handwritten in copperplate script.

11 Angels from our Collection

On Friday 11 December we’ll be getting into the festive spirit with The National Gallery’s #AngelTrail.