In 1675 a Bristol ship, 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.
The children will:
- Learn about the everyday life of a 17th century sailor on board the Bristol Merchant
- Consider some of the dangers of trading overseas in the 17th century, including piracy
- Experience drama and music incorporated into the workshop
- Handle and study objects, documents and images related to life on board 17th century merchant ships
Suitable for: Years 1-3
Duration: 1 hour workshop and 1 hour self-led Harbour Challenge Chest (includes games, drama, singing and stories)
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session
We have two sessions available at 10.15-11.15am and 11.15-12.15pm. Further sessions may be available in the afternoon.
“The workshop engaged the class and was relevant to what they had been learning. Thank you.”
Year 1 teacher
This workshop and trail can be used to support the Bristol Plays Music curriculum: Air and Water. We are happy to incorporate music you have been studying in school, so please contact us to include these in your session.
This workshop also supports Artsmark Award criteria: pupil engagement, range of offer, values and ethos, partnerships and local cultural visit. To make the most of your visit why not listen and learn the sea shanty ‘Yeave Ho’ used in this workshop.
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
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