Five interesting facts about our buildings

By Alex Rankin, Senior Visitor Assistant M Shed It’s a question that often gets asked by visitors – what does the ‘M’ stand for? Many people think it stands for ‘museum’, which would certainly make sense, but the answer actually lies in the buildi…

Figurehead from the ship Importer on display at M Shed

Back in 1980, the museum acquired a ship’s figurehead from the Bristol Shiplovers’ Society. At the time we couldn’t discover any more about it, but in the last year or so we’ve been able to piece together more of the story.

Volunteering success stories

We’re really happy to hear that one of our volunteers has just landed himself a job at the brilliant Holburne Museum in Bath.

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…

‘death: the human experience’ celebrates 50k visitors

Amber Druce, co-curator of death: the human experience We’re celebrating 50,000 visitors to death: the human experience! There’s only three weeks left of the exhibition so if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time! Additionally, death: is it your rig…

Dealing with death as part of working life

Here one of the panelists for our Death Professionals in Conversation event, Su Chard, an Independent Funeral Celebrant takes us through what she does.

death: is it your right to choose?

The second death related exhibition, death: is it your right to choose? opens at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 23 January. It will look at end-of-life options in this country and focus on whether we should allow assisted dying to be legalised.

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.