The museums remain closed while we work to ensure that they are safe for visitors, volunteers and staff. M Shed cafe is open Thu-Sun, 12pm-9pm. The rest of M Shed remains closed. You can still shop online. We will share opening dates as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.
In the meantime, we’d really appreciate your feedback on our plans. Please take a moment to complete our reopening survey. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon!
When the people of the ‘Windrush generation’ came to the UK they brought with them a culture of music and sound systems. The very sonic tone of the music we hear on the streets late at night in Bristol and the UK are very much a result of this.
Migration is not something new. The flow of people joining and leaving Bristol has helped make our city what it is. From ancient Roman settlements to today’s Syrian resettlements, people have been making new homes beside the Avon for thousands of years. Many have also left Bristol, crossing vast oceans to seek fortune and freedom in faraway lands.
Which Black Bristolian women do we need to shout louder about? You told us that you wanted more stories of inspiring Black Bristolians, so we’re putting together a new story celebrating women who’ve really made a difference.
Black people have lived in Bristol for over four centuries. We don’t know much about Black residents before the period when the city’s merchants began trading African people as slaves overseas in 1698. However, records at Bristol Archives and elsewhere show that black people lived and worked here least a century before then.
The slave trade was part of the network of trade which existed between Britain, West Africa and the Caribbean. Between 1501 and 1866, over 12 million Africans are estimated to have been exported to the New World, around 2 million of whom probably died en route.