Learning

M Shed is located on Bristol’s historic dockside and reveals the fascinating story of Bristol and its unique place in the world. The vibrant museum is the perfect learning destination for a fun and memorable school trip!

Unwrap stories of Bristol’s past with a range of interactive local history sessions, including; the city’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade, its maritime heritage and world famous chocolate making. Find out about Bristol at War and discover some of the brilliant people who have helped to shape the city. 

Hands-on learning sessions incorporate object handling, role play, storytelling and meet the expert opportunities.   In-school activities such as assembly are also offered, along with classroom teaching resources and CPD choices.

We are proud that M Shed was announced a 2017 winner of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, an accolade that is valid for five years as a result of an independently judged quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums and archives across the British Isles.

Here is our latest learning activity:

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.