We are fully booked at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed for all facilitated workshops and independent group visits until January 2024.

Please contact us now to book for Terms 3-6.

All groups of 10 or more need to book a visit to M Shed in advance through the Learning team, so contact us for further information about making your booking. Do remember to bring a copy of your booking confirmation with you when you visit. Please do not bring a group if you are not booked, as you will not be able to visit due to capacity having been reached.

M Shed is located on Bristol’s historic harbourside and reveals the fascinating story of the city. The vibrant museum is the perfect learning destination for your local history curriculum including Ships & Sailors, the Saxons, Bristol at War and Bristol Chocolate!

We are proud that M Shed was announced a 2022 winner of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, an accolade that is valid for five years.

What’s new?

We’ve been working hard to make improvements to some of our workshops, develop new online resources, and loan boxes.  We are also creating a blended programme of webinars and in-person workshops for Home Educators.

Textbook – Bristol and Transatlantic Slavery: origins, impact, legacy

We worked with local secondary history teachers to produce a new book suitable for KS3+. Although it has a particular focus on Bristol, this book is filled with the stories of people involved in transatlantic slavery from all over the world. It is ideal for use in the classroom or for anybody who is interested in knowing more about this fascinating and important topic.

Individual copies can be purchased from the museum shop. Schools and colleges can buy multiple copies at a discounted rate, please contact us for details.

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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.

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.

Workshop: Ships and Sailors

Learn about the ill-fated voyage of the Bristol Merchant ship in 1675 and the dangers faced by sailors at sea during the 17th century. Fun, informative and hands-on-deck!

EFL tours at M Shed

Bring your EFL students to M Shed for a guided tour of the galleries. Students will learn about Bristol’s past while developing their vocabulary and listening skills.

Workshop: Anglo-Saxon Bristol

Discover the Saxons roots of our city and find out about everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England during this interactive workshop.

Workshop: Bristol Chocolate

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