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 teach local history and a fun and memorable school trip!

In August, 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, story telling and the chance to meet experts. Curriculum subjects range from Chocolate to Brilliant Bristolians and World War One. Ships and Sailors remains a favourite learning choice for KS1 whilst Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is popular with local secondary schools.

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

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.

Discover Chocolate

Pupils will discover the part Chocolate has played in Bristol’s past in a role-play and object handling session. An accompanying one-hour self-guided activity uses M Shed galleries as inspiration for pupils’ own chocolate bar.