We aim to engage and represent people who don’t usually visit museums by working in partnership with community and youth groups, colleges and health centres. We work to raise aspirations, develop skills and open doors to the world of culture.
We offer an amazing programme aimed at young people aged 16-25. This includes being part of our vibrant Youth Panel which brings a fresh voice to museum discussions and puts on events aimed at attracting other young people to our museums. We also work with partner organisations to put on tours and workshops aimed at young people, developing their skills, confidence and love of culture.
ESOL & Community Learning
At M Shed, we give an introduction to Bristol’s exciting history by delivering free gallery tours aimed at ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners in partnership with colleges and learning providers. These innovative gallery tours were recently shortlisted for a Museums & Heritage Award. We are currently developing one of the UK’s first museum offers for Functional Skills learners.
Health & Wellbeing
We’re working to develop a range of activities to increase people’s sense of well-being. Our current Art Shed programme is aimed at people with low level mental health issues who have completed community-based Arts on Prescription course. Watch this space to see how work aimed at people with dementia and their families is developing.
Community displays at M Shed
We work with communities across the city to show how local people view the area where they live and highlight what’s important to them. This work is displayed at M Shed in the Neighbourhoods and You Make Bristol displays. We are currently working on a display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St Pauls Carnival. If you live in the area or a regular carnival goer and would like to be interviewed, let us know!
Get in touch to arrange a visit for a group you work with or to talk to us about an idea.
For a more detailed look at the Participation Team’s work, take a look at our evaluation report. (PDF)