M Shed

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.
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.

Moved by Conflict

  • 11 October 2014 — 1 March 2015

Through the stories of Bristol people, this major exhibition will take you from the Bristol of the 1900s and its position in the British Empire, through the years of the ‘Great War’ and up to the present day impacts of global conflicts. It will explore the physical, social and personal changes brought about in the city on many levels.

The exhibition is part of ‘Bristol 2014’, a cultural programme marking the centenary of the start of World War 1. For more information on the programme visit www.bristol2014.com.

Presented in partnership with Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.95 - Adult
£2.95 - concs.
Under 16s free
free repeat visits with original ticket

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/moved-by-conflict/

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.
Steam tug boat in the river

Boat Trips: Mayflower

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 12-5pm
  • 1 — 2 November 2014 12-5pm

Explore the harbour aboard the world’s oldest steam tug, built in Bristol in 1861. The little steam tug Mayflower was launched from a shipyard at what is now Pooles Wharf on 18 May, 1861. She went to work on the ship canal between Sharpness and Gloucester and managed a working life of over 100 years.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Buy tickets on-board on the day.
Adults – £5
Child/ Concs – £3

Trips last 30 minutes.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/mayflower-trips/

Crane

Crane rides

  • 4 — 5 October 2014 12-5pm

This Feb Half-Term - ride the small charge Electric and Steam Cranes.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

No need to book.
Electric cranes: £2
Fairbairn: Free, but donations welcome.
Trips last 20 minutes.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/crane-trips/

The Triangle Bristol

Historical Walk: Explore The Old City

  • 18 September 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 23 October 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 20 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 18 December 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Expert walk leaders will point out locations which saw the birth of the city, its growth and later decline as a major seaport and centre of commerce. Events, people and places that earned the city a place in national history, culture and the arts are highlighted along the way.

Book in advance at the information desk on 0117 352 6600 or sign up on the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£2.00 suggested donation.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/historical-walk-old-city-2/

Train Rides!

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 12-5pm
  • 1 — 2 November 2014 12-5pm

Be transported back to the days of steam, take a ride along the harbour on one of M Shed's biggest exhibits, Henbury Steam Locomotive.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Rides All Day Rover £4, Single/Return to Brunel’s ss Great Britain £1/£2, Single/Return to Create Centre £2/£3, Under 6s travel free. Trips run every 40 minutes.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/train-rides/

 St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol A view from the north entrance.

Historical Walk: Exploring Redcliffe

  • 26 September 2014 1:30-3:30pm
  • 31 October 2014 1:30-3:30pm
  • 28 November 2014 1:30-3:30pm
  • 19 December 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Venture on our guided walk into the once-autonomous township of Redcliffe, where you will find some of the most impressive remains of historical Bristol - from large-scale buildings, such as St. Mary Redcliffe church and Temple Meads railway station, to tucked-away gems, such as the Hermit's Cave and the remains of the city's Water Gate. Our guides will reveal how this fascinating and often overlooked area played a vital role in establishing Bristol's reputation as a world-class city. Follow the 'Event Web Site' link at the bottom of this listing for full event information.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 suggested donation. Book in advance at the information desk on 0117 352 6600 or sign up on the day.

Website

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/item/event.html?eventid=29758

Victoria Park Bristol

Historical Walk: M Shed To Victoria Park

  • 15 October 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 12 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 10 December 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Discover how Bedminster evolved from a rural Somerset parish to a bustling industrial town and the inevitable impact that this had on public health. Expert guides will highlight some of the key features of the Victorian expansion of south Bristol, illustrating the walk with a wealth of historical photographs, drawings and maps.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£2.00 suggested donation.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/historical-walk-victoria-park/

Pyronaut trips

  • 20 — 21 September 2014 12-5pm
  • 18 — 19 October 2014 12-5pm

In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour. During this time, she was constantly manned and worked through some of the worst raids of the war.

Take a boat trip with a difference! Watch the powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat, on a trip around the docks that she was built to protect.
Trips last 30 minutes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Buy tickets on board on the day.
Adults – £5
Child/concs – £3

Trips last 30 minutes.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/pyronaut-trips/

John King boat in the dock

Boat Trips: John King

  • 4 — 5 October 2014 12-5pm

Built by the last major Bristol shipbuilder, John King spent 35 years towing on the river. She also had special duties, which included supplying drinking water to ships in dry dock, assisting at ship launchings and putting vessels into dry dock and occasionally pulling grounded vessels back into deep water.

Take a trip on the harbour on this 1935 diesel tug – built to tow cargo ships from Bristol City Docks to the mouth of the River Avon. Trips last 30 minutes (approx).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Buy tickets on-board on the day.
Adults – £5
Child/ Concs – £3
Trips last 30 minutes (approx)

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/john-king-trips/

Encounters Flyer

Encounters: 20/20

  • 20 September 2014 8-8:30pm

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival celebrates 20 years as the UK's leading short film festival. Enjoy a six-minute film looking back at Encounters’ inspiring history, projected onto a large screen between M Shed’s cranes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/

Docks Heritage Weekend

  • 4 — 5 October 2014 11am-5pm

Discover what made Bristol tick as a port during the 1950s and 60s, and the characters working there. Watch the Electric cranes and Fairbairn in action, and take a trip around the harbour on the John King diesel tug. See the quayside come to life with dramatic re-enactments by Show of Strength theatre company.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

*Charges apply for boat and crane trips.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/docks-heritage-weekend/

Knitted Houses

Briswool

  • 5 October 2014 11am-5pm

Organised by Paper Village Arts, the City of Briswool has been a 12-month project which has seen dozens of volunteers, crochet and needle felt numerous models representing Bristol from pubs to tiny bicycles.

See well-known landmarks in knitted form such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo, plus the M Shed cranes!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/briswool/

Wildlife Photographer on the loose

  • 16 October 2014 7:30-9pm

He will talk about his adventures and experiences with everything from Amazon river dolphins and blue whales to great white sharks and Sumatran rhinos.

Please note, the lecture takes place at Tyndall Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol, NOT at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Tyndall Lecture Theatre
H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory
University of Bristol
Tyndall Avenue
bristol
Bristol BS8 1TL

Admission

Places must be booked in advance.
Booking opens 1 September.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildlife-photographer-on-the-loose-tickets-12797438483

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/wildlife-photographer-loose/

Home Movie Day

  • 18 October 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Share your history with Bristol – bring your films and videos to Home Movie Day!

Knowle West Media Centre 10.30am-1pm
M Shed 2pm – 4.30pm

Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies and their cultural importance. Bring your movies along to share with us and learn how to save them for future generations.

Event presented by Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol Record Office and Know Your Bristol on the Move. A University of Bristol community partnership project.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/home-movie-day/

Photograph of WW1 Nurses, Edith Cavell seated centre.

Research your First World War Ancestors

  • 25 October 2014 10:30am-4pm
  • 29 November 2014 10:30am-4pm
  • 3 January 2015 10:30am-4pm
  • 31 January 2015 10:30am-4pm
  • 28 February 2015 10:30am-4pm

Find out how to research your family history linked to the First World War with the Bristol and Avon Family History Society.

Part of a programme of events to accompany the Moved by Conflict exhibition.

Drop-in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with ticket to Moved by Conflict (£3.95 - Adult, £2.95 - concs.)

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/research-first-world-war-ancestors/

The Big Draw to The Big Map

  • 26 October 2014 10am-4pm

et involved in the Big Draw at M Shed! Use drawing to tell your own stories about where you live and your interests with artist Luci Gorell Barnes. Use M Shed’s giant map and neighbourhood displays to inspire you!

The Big Draw, organised by The Campaign for Drawing is the world’s biggest drawing festival. This year’s Big Draw theme, It’s Our World, is a celebration of our environment – of urban, rural and coastal landscapes.

Part of the Bristol Family Arts Festival programme.

With thanks to:

Event sponsor Bristol Grammar School

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/big-draw-big-map/

Moved by Conflict talks

  • 28 October 2014 — 22 February 2015

Meet the curators who created Moved by Conflict and hear fascinating details about the rich stories connected to some of the most significant exhibits.

Tuesday 28 October 11am* and 2pm**
Wednesday 15 November 2pm
Thursday 22 January 2015 1.15pm and 5pm**
Saturday 21 February 2015 2pm*

* With British Sign Language interpreter.
** Described tour for visually impaired people.

Part of a programme of events to accompany the Moved by Conflict exhibition.

Admission

Free with exhibition ticket.




Described tours must be booked in advance. Call 0117 352 6600.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/moved-by-conflict-talks/

Person for Desh event

Desh

  • 1 November 2014 11am-4pm

Talks, performances and family-friendly activities to celebrate the launch of Desh, a new creative project exploring and celebrating South Asian culture in Bristol and beyond.

Asian Arts Agency, in partnership with individuals and community groups, has devised the Desh project, to collect, exhibit and archive the folk art forms of the South Asian diaspora settled in Bristol and the surrounding areas. ‘Desh’ means ‘homeland’ or ’motherland’ in Hindi and Urdu. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Suggested DonationL: £2

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/desh/

The Wild West? Crime and the commons in Yate c. 1790-1830

  • 20 November 2014 6-7:30pm

In the summer of 1826, the local and national press were thrilled by the story of the Wickwar Gang – a group of ‘banditts’ who had spent the last seven years robbing farmers from Wotton to Sodbury, secreting their booty in a ‘subterraneous cave’.

Rose Wallis uses research conducted for the Victoria County History of Gloucestershire to consider the relationship between the landscape, communities, crime, poverty, and policing.

Rose Wallis is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional History Centre, UWE, Bristol and a contributing editor for VCH, Gloucs.

Part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar series.

Admission

Free. No need to book. Doors open 15 minutes before the event.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/the-wild-west/

Xmas Steam Up

  • 14 September — 14 December 2014 *on now
  • 20 December — 20 November 2014
  • 21 December 2014 11am-4pm

This crane and train driving experience provides the perfect antidote to festive shopping, or as an early Christmas present. For just £25 you will be able to:
•Drive the steam locomotive, Portbury
•Operate the Fairbairn Steam crane – the oldest surviving exhibit of its type in Britain.

Friends and family will be able to watch from the comfort of our warm brake van. The participant will receive a mince pie and mulled wine to enjoy after the experience.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£25 per person.
Over 18s only. One participant at a time. Places are limited – please book early to avoid disappointment.
Places must be booked in advance via M Shop:
0117 352 6914

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/xmas-steam-up/

The poor in Victorian Bristol: How the city preserved its slums

  • 18 December — 18 September 2014

The homes of the poor in Victorian Bristol were found in hundreds of courts and narrow alleys, which were often overcrowded and unfit for human habitation. However, David Davies, the Medical Officer of Health from 1865 to 1886, pursued a strategy based largely on denial and evasion which enabled him to minimise the exercise of statutory powers.

After his retirement powers to clear away unhealthy areas remained unused, and not one new house was built by the council before 1900.

Professor Peter Malpass is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional History Centre, UWE, Bristol.

Part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar series.

Admission

Free. No need to book.
Doors open 15 minutes before the event.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/the-poor-in-victorian-bristol/

City Docks to Harbourside

  • 15 January 2015 6-7:30pm

In November 1974, the last regular trading ship left Bristol’s City Docks, bringing to an end a trading history stretching back to the very beginnings of the city. In April 1975, formal responsibility passed from the Port to other departments of the City Council, and the long process of redeveloping the docks began.

Andy King is Senior Collections Officer, Industrial & Maritime History & Working Exhibits, Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives

Part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar series.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/city-docks-harbourside/

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