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 meeting subject experts. Curriculum subjects range from Chocolate to Brilliant Bristolians and World War TwoShips and Sailors remains a favourite learning choice for KS1 and Bristol & the Transatlantic Slave Trade is popular with secondary schools.

NEW TO M SHED – The Romans and Bristol. Using hands-on activities and real Roman objects discover how the Roman Empire influenced the lives of some men, women and children in Bristol.

Here is our latest learning activity on offer at M Shed.

The Romans and Bristol

It’s AD 268 and you are preparing for a special Roman celebration. Discover what life was like for some men, women and children in the Bristol area during the Roman occupation of Britain.

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.

Brilliant Bristol Women Assembly

Hear inspirational stories, discover what Bristol women have achieved in the past and learn about their legacy on the city 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.

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: Chocolate

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