M Shed reveals the fascinating story of Bristol and its unique place in the world, providing an impressive venue for learning about local history.

The museum is located on Bristol’s historic dockside, just a few minutes walk from Brunel’s ss Great Britain, The YHA and other harbourside attractions. It is the ideal venue for a school trip.

We have recently enhanced our range of learning workshops to include Bristol through time and Significant Bristol People and are rolling out new teaching resources and activities.

For secondary schools we deliver Transatlantic Slave Trade learning packages with workshops, in-school sessions and loan boxes available. While primary schools can book our new Brilliant Bristolians in-school assembly.

We also offer EFL tours for overseas students, adult learning events, CPD opportunities and special sessions for home educating families and cubs and brownies too.

Here are our latest school workshops and learning activity currently on 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.

Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

This session uses objects and historic documents to explore peoples’ attitudes towards the transatlantic slave trade and how Bristol was changed by its involvement.

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 artefacts and documents to find out about significant Bristol people from across time who have helped the city, its people and the wider world.

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’.

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.

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.