Learning

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. The museum provides the perfect venue for teaching local history.

In celebration of M Shed’s 5th Birthday, we have enhanced our range of workshops and are rolling out new teaching resources and activities.

Here are our learning events and school sessions currently 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.

Discover Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The transatlantic slave trade lasted a relatively short time in Bristol’s history. But the impact on the city was long-lasting. Use objects and historic documents to explore peoples’ attitudes towards the trade and how Bristol was changed by its involvement.

Discover: Chocolate

Pupils will discover 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 M Shed galleries as inspiration for pupils’ own chocolate bar.

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.

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.