Learning

M Shed is located on Bristol’s historic dockside and reveals the fascinating story of Bristol and its unique place in the world. An ideal learning destination to investigate local history, and a fun and memorable school trip!

We were thrilled to be announced a 2017 winner of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education. An independently judged and quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.

Lead Judge, Susan Walker said:

M Shed more than succeeds in its aim to make the learning experience of every child who visits accessible, immersive and memorable. The provision of good quality original and replica artefacts enables children to engage meaningfully with the past in an exciting and inspirational way.

Learning opportunities include school workshops, teaching resources and in-school activity incorporating object handling, role play, storytelling and meet subject experts. Curriculum subjects range from Chocolate to Brilliant Bristolians and World War One. Ships and Sailors remains a favourite learning choice for KS1 and Bristol & the Transatlantic Slave Trade is popular with secondary schools.

Here is our latest learning activity on offer at M Shed

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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