Explore Bristol through time: its places, its people and their stories.

Located on the historic dockside, M Shed reveals the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world. Here are our learning events and school workshops that we offer at M Shed:

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.

Bristol at War: The Home Front 1939-45

On 24th November 1940 Bristol city centre was blitzed and a quarter of its historic buildings were destroyed. Find out more about everyday life on the Home Front in this immersive, activity-packed session.

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.

The Port of Bristol

Bristol has a long history as a successful trading port. Discover more about the city’s merchants, their ships and the valuable cargoes they carried in this activity-packed session.

Discover: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

In the long history of Bristol as a trading port, the transatlantic slave trade lasted a relatively short time. But it was of crucial economic importance to the city. This handling session explores how the city was changed by its involvement and the leg…

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.

Discover: Chocolate

In the run-up to Easter pupils can discover more about the part Chocolate has played in Bristol’s past in a role-play and object handling session. An accompanying one-hour self-guided activity uses the M Shed galleries as inspiration for pupils’ own cho…