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.

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.

Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

This session uses objects and historic documents to explore peoples’ attitudes towards the transatlantic slave trade and how Bristol was changed by its involvement.