ESOL & Community Learning

We work with adult learning providers of all shapes and sizes and can work flexibly to support your individual learners’ needs.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

At M Shed, we give an introduction to Bristol’s exciting history by delivering free gallery tours aimed at ESOL learners in partnership with colleges and learning providers.

ESOL at M Shed offers your learners a whistle-stop tour of Bristol’s history using M Shed’s fascinating displays. ESOL: Behind the Scenes at M Shed uses intriguing objects of all shapes and sizes to help learners practise their speaking and listening skills.

At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Art for ESOL inspires language use through interaction with our beautiful art collection and spectacular gallery spaces.

From Pre-Entry to Level 2, our in-house ESOL expertise means we will meet your group’s individual needs. These innovative gallery tours were recently shortlisted for a Museums & Heritage Award.

“At the first time I went to M Shed I just feel happy in side… I open to it my heart and brain” – Nada, ESOL student

“Some of the students went back to the museum with their children and families already which is a great outcome” – ESOL teacher

Functional Skills

We deliver free gallery tours and activities aimed at Functional Skills English classes at M Shed. Learners will test their skills while learning about the city and its history of protest. Our free resource pack will help your learners prepare for their visit and practise exam-style tasks.

Get in touch now to book your visit.

Tours take around one hour and include free entry to all paid-for M Shed exhibitions.

Tours can be booked Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-3.30pm. Our guides have limited availability, so please provide a number of potential dates.

For more information, or to book a tour, please email us.

Other groups

We’re always looking for new ways to support learning and open pathways into the world of culture for those who may face barriers to it. We work with voluntary organisations, housing associations, colleges and training providers. Think we can help your group? Get in touch.


Bristol Museums would like to thank our Equality and Diversity sponsor: UWE Bristol