M Shed is located on Bristol’s historic dockside and reveals the fascinating story of Bristol and its unique place in the world. The vibrant museum is the perfect learning destination for a fun and memorable school trip!

Unwrap stories of Bristol’s past with a range of interactive local history sessions, including; the city’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade, its maritime heritage and world famous chocolate making. Find out about Bristol at War and discover some of the brilliant people who have helped to shape the city. 

Hands-on learning sessions incorporate object handling, role play, storytelling and meet the expert opportunities.   In-school activities such as assembly are also offered, along with classroom teaching resources and CPD choices.

We are proud that M Shed was announced a 2017 winner of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, an accolade that is valid for five years as a result of an independently judged quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums and archives across the British Isles.

Here is our latest learning activity:

ESOL at M Shed

Help your learners develop their language skills, learn about their city and engage with Bristol’s cultural life with our free English for Speakers of Other Languages tours.

Significant Bristol People

Investigate M Shed, its objects and documents to find out about significant Bristol people from across time. Discover how individuals like Brunel and Princess Campbell have had an impact on the city, its people and the wider world.

Brilliant Bristol Women Assembly

Hear inspirational stories, discover what Bristol women have achieved in the past and learn about their legacy on the city and the wider world.

EFL tours at M Shed

Bring your EFL students to M Shed and have a guided tour of the galleries to enhance their learning beyond the classroom. Students will learn about Bristol’s past and engage with the city’s culture while developing their vocabulary and listening skills.

Bristol through time

Evidence of human life in Bristol dates back to the Stone Age. Discover more about Bristol through time by exploring the city during five historic periods, while also building your pupils’ understanding of ‘chronology’.

Brilliant Bristolians School Assembly

Discover what Brilliant Bristolians have achieved, their legacy on Bristol and the wider world during this assembly for your whole school. Pupils will hear the inspirational stories of John Cabot, Joseph Fry and Princess Campbell.

ESOL: Behind the Scenes at M Shed

See mysterious bones, huge machinery, delicate models and intriguing objects with our free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tours.

Discover: Chocolate

Unwrap the story of Bristol’s chocolate-making industry in this interactive role-play and object handling workshop.

Discover: Ships and Sailors

In 1675 the Bristol Merchant sailed for Smyrna in Turkey, laden with goods intended for trading. The ship and its crew never returned. Discover more about this ill-fated voyage and the dangers faced by sailors at sea in this hands-on session.