M Shed looks back over 200 years to chart the development of Bristol Urban Sport

Ruth Hazard | 10 August 2012
© Courtesy M Shed
Exhibition: Bristol Urban Sport, M Shed, Bristol, until September 9 2012

This display focuses on the past 200 years of Bristol history, showing how locals have manipulated both the natural landscape and man-made architecture for sporting activity.

Photography, memorabilia and film are brought together to reveal how the composition of the city has influenced the development of a wide range of alternative sports and provides a picture of the people who take part.

It also looks at the city’s great sporting events and venues, as well as the role that grassroots clubs play in encouraging community participation and bringing neighbourhoods in Bristol together.

Popular items include Danny Wainwright's skateboard, used to complete the world's highest ollie, and a powerboat that raced in the city docks in the 1980s.

There’s also a selection of local club kits and a trophy cabinet displaying their sports trophies.

  • Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm (6pm weekends and Bank Holidays). Admission free.

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© George Gallop, courtesy Bristol Museum, Galleries and Archives
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