9 January—12 July 2024

Workshop: Bristol at War – The Home Front

Please note that this workshop will NOT be available during December 2023.

Join us for an immersive, activity-packed workshop looking at everyday life on the Home Front during World War Two. Investigate the events of 24 November 1940 when Bristol city centre was blitzed and a quarter of its historic buildings were destroyed.

Children will:

  • Learn about the Bristol Blitz
  • Understand why the war saw such a great movement of people and how Bristol was involved.
  • Handle and study real and replica objects, images and documents to reveal stories about Bristol  and the Home Front               

Suitable for: Year 3-6
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

We have sessions available from 10.15am.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? FREE use of our lunch room is included in the cost of your session.


Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

Your name
Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

Additional information

Children will work in four groups. To get the most from your visit, please organise children into groups before your workshop begins.

Each group will require support from at least one adult. Recommended ratio: one adult for every six children.

We encourage children and adults to come dressed in clothes that match the styles worn in the 1940s:
Boys/men: a flat cap, shorts or trousers, braces, plain shirt, a wool jumper or waistcoat.
Girls: a simple dress or a blouse and skirt.
Women: a dress or a skirt and blouse with a cardigan and hat.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the museum apart from the school lunch room. Crumbs attract pests and our collections are far too precious to be attacked!

More local history sessions for schools

M Shed offers a range of local history sessions to support you with your curriculum. Other school offers include: