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Winter Lectures for 2023/24

The Winter Lectures are back for a new season and the programme is as fascinating as ever.   Up first, on 12 October, is Professor Michael Benton who will be sweeping our earth’s history to explore extinctions and discuss how life survives, adap…

(Draw now closed) Win two tickets to our Autumn Programme Celebration

The draw is now closed and the winners have been drawn. Winners will be contacted by 6pm on Friday 13 October by email. If you do not receive an email you have not won tickets. Please check your spam folder. Our Autumn Programme Celebration is one of Bri…

M Shed’s Historical Walks: Pirates and Prejudice

By walk guide Mark Steeds, author, and historian from Bristol Radical History Group Along the walk, you will be regaled with many weird and wonderful facts about Bristol’s literary, maritime, and piratical past. Did you know?  Bristol is home to the wor…

Summer Activities at Blaise Museum and Kings Weston Villa

Blaise Museum and Kings Weston Villa is excited to launch this year’s programme of free, family-friendly summer fun!   Events with craft, storytelling, trails and a whole host of other activities will take place at Blaise Estate on Thursdays i…

Sea Dragon Skull goes on Summer Holiday

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery says “see you soon!” to our 180 million-year-old Temnodontosaurus Skull. Visitors with keen eyes may have spotted a group carrying a large and heavy box out of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 14 …

Rare witness statement reveals tragic story of executed gay couple

By Mary Milton, Archives Officer, Bristol Archives Staff at Bristol Archives have made an important discovery about the case of William Critchard and Richard Arnold, two men executed in 1753 for what was then described as “the detestable crime of buggery…

Reassessing the Agricultural Collection

by Amber Druce, Curator of Social History One of the biggest challenges facing museums is a lack of storage space for expanding collections. For the past 10 years, we’ve been rehoming some of the agricultural objects in our collection that don’t have a lo…

M Shed’s Historical Walks: Bristol Abolition

By walk guide Mark Steeds, author and historian from Bristol Radical History Group Starting at M Shed, this walk around central Bristol explores the city’s thousand-year involvement in the slave trade, examining what’s been memorialised and what has…

Marking International Museum Day 2023 with schoolchildren and cameras

Today (May 18) is International Museum Day with the theme of Museums, Sustainability, and well-being. A recent collaboration between our Museums Learning team and UWE Bristol demonstrates the valuable role museums play in lifelong learning and co…

Rediscovering Black Portraiture: The Young Catechist by Henry Meyer

By Peter Braithwaite, baritone, artist, broadcaster and writer. I made this recreation of the painting ‘The Young Catechist’ by Henry Meyer for my exhibition at the museum, Rediscovering Black Portraiture. I’ve reworked Meyer’s 19th cent…