M Shed

M Shed from prince Street Bridge
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M Shed is an exciting and innovative new museum for Bristol that tells the story of our city.
Located on the historic dockside, Bristol’s flagship museum has been designed to retain the character of the former 1950s transit shed.

Three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world. From prehistoric times to the present day, explore the history of Bristol through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today.

See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of the city through the many interactive displays.

M Shed is a living museum, where stories of the past will spark discussions about the future- where YOU can contribute to the changing story of the city.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm [closed Mondays]
Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-6pm

Admission charges

FREE

When this museum opens, part of Bristol Museums’ Designated Collections related to Bristol’s role as a manufacturing city and major seaport will be on display here.

Other parts of these collections can be seen at Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Georgian House, Red Lodge, and Blaise Castle House Museum. Please contact Bristol Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

The museums were Designated in respect of outstanding collections relating to the City of Bristol, including topographical paintings and prints, maps and archaeological collections. The collections relating to the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are particularly rich, and reflect the importance of Bristol in those centuries.

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Martin Parr - Magum Photoa

Open for Business

  • 21 March — 21 June 2015 *on now

In 2013, Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Through eye-opening photography and film footage, Open for Business celebrates the resilience of British industry and reveals the daily struggle at a human level as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

Bristol based photographer Martin Parr has captured the innovative industries in the city from Cameron Balloons’ 40 year history as the largest manufacture of hot air balloons in the world, to the cutting edge engineering at BAE Systems and the more painstaking meticulous work of Aardman Animations.

See a diverse collection of over 100 documentary photographs presented in this national touring exhibition.

Open for Business has been commissioned and produced by Multistory in collaboration with Magnum Photos and made possible with funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery, through the Strategic Funds Touring Programme, and the cultural partners.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Open for Business

  • 22 March — 21 June 2015 *on now

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine internationally renowned documentary photographers.

In 2013, Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Through eye-opening photography and film footage, Open for Business celebrates the resilience of British industry and reveals the daily struggle at a human level as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

Bristol based photographer Martin Parr has captured the innovative industries in the city from Cameron Balloons’ 40 year history as the largest manufacture of hot air balloons in the world, to the cutting edge engineering at BAE Systems and the more painstaking meticulous work of Aardman Animations.

See a diverse collection of over 100 documentary photographs presented in this national touring exhibition.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/open-for-business/

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New York City Apartment/Bristol

  • 28 March — 27 September 2015 *on now

Commissioned especially for Bristol, New York City Apartment/Bristol will allow visitors to experience the ghost architecture of a soft corridor and staircase tailored from fabric based on the artist’s home in New York.

As a South Korean who has spent most of his adult life abroad; Do Ho Suh explores his personal sense of physical and cultural displacement through his work and is known for creating works that explore the issues of separation, migration, sense of loss and longing.

He does this through representing real objects such as furniture, rooms and buildings that serve as mementoes of real spaces, but in unusual materials or in an unexpected scale.

New York City Apartment/Bristol was developed in partnership with Arnolfini and commissioned with a significant grant from the Art Fund under Art Fund International, and further support from the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/do-ho-suh/

Nature, Camera, Action!

  • 18 July — 1 November 2015

The deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife film-makers and photographers have faced it all in pursuit of the perfect shot. Explore the challenges they face and the amazing kit they use, in this exciting exhibition for the whole family.

‘Nature, Camera, Action!’ is our flagship exhibition in support of the Green Capital programme of events. It highlights Bristol as a global centre for wildlife filmmaking within the international framework of this exhibition, developed by the BBC and the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/nature-camera-action/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

A Hogarthian second city?

  • 18 June 2015 6-7:30pm

Historian Steve Poole looks at everyday life on the streets of Bristol in the eighteenth century and the comparisons with William Hogarth’s portrayal of London life at that time.

Hogarth’s depictions have heavily influenced the ways in which we imagine the urban scene in Georgian England. From riotous elections and gin-soaked rookeries to pox-marked prostitutes and bacchanalian behaviour at the gallows, Hogarthian London is a place marked by moral turpitude, disorder, corruption and squalor.

Nineteenth century chroniclers labelled Bristol’s mob as the most dangerous in England – social relations between the city’s poor and elite classes could be lively and often fraught. What provoked and motivated the Bristol crowd and by what rules, if any, was it governed?

Suitable for

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/hogarthian-second-city/

M Shed
Wapping Road
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS1 4RN
England

Website

E-mail

general.museum@bristol.gov.uk

Telephone

0117 352 6600

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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