Learning events and school workshops

Learning with Bristol’s museums means exciting encounters with real artefacts, documents and artworks from some of the UK’s finest collections.

We offer lots of different ways for you to engage including handling sessions, costumed role-play, gallery activities and opportunities to meet our experts. Here are our learning events and school workshops that we offer across our museums:

World War One School Assembly

Millions of people around the world were affected by World War One. Key Stage 2 pupils will hear stories of Bristolians whose lives were altered forever.

Discover Arts Award for schools

Your class can join us for a day of artistic fun and achieve an Arts Council England Discover Arts Award along the way! Explore the museum, get creative with art materials and make your own portrait masterpiece.

Lives changed forever: Bristol and the First World War

What impact did the war have on the everyday lives of men, women and children in the city? Reconstruct the lives of six different people using real and replica objects, images, documents and replica costume.

Discover: The Victorian schoolroom

Step back in time to role-play lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic at Blaise Castle National School. Don’t forget to stand up straight, be very quiet, work diligently, and keep your boots shiny!

Archaeology in Action: at your school

Take part in hands-on tasks to find out how archaeologists learn about the past by studying what’s buried beneath our feet. This interactive learning experience is delivered within your school.

Discover: Rocks and fossils

The museum has an amazing collection of rocks, minerals and fossils including the Bristol diamond. Eager young geologists can develop their scientific skills by handling, studying and comparing different specimens.

Fabric Africa: African textiles handling boxes

Enhance your visit to the Fabric Africa exhibition by borrowing one of our special handling boxes. Feel different African textiles, try on garments, discover who made them and how they were created.

A Victorian Christmas at Blaise

How did the Victorians celebrate Christmas? Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in a 19th century household with this hands-on workshop for Year 1-4.

Art: Talking Pictures

Would you like to investigate paintings and learn how to talk confidently about art? Join us in the art galleries to see magnificent paintings from our Bristol collections. Develop spoken language skills when exploring great artworks to become the ‘art expert’.

Art: Landscape and Nature

How and why did artists paint epic landscapes or images of nature? Bring your class to the museum and together we’ll study great works of art.