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Learning newsletter - September 2021

Exterior of M shed with cranes . Pink and grey sky
We've been busy!

It has been all go here at Museum Learning since we re-opened to schools in September. We've welcomed over 1000 school children taking part in workshops and visits to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed and, more recently, Blaise Museum. We've continued to offer our popular webinars and 1,500 children have joined us online for topics such as Ancient Egypt, Art of Benin and the Bristol Blitz. More resources have been added to help bring your learning to life; our latest resource page is for those teaching KS3-KS4 History.

The team has also been involved in digitising oral histories as part of a national project called Unlocking Our Sound Heritage. Now you can hear history through the voices of those who were there. 

It’s been great working with learners and educators again and (we know it’s a bit early) we wish you all a wonderful Christmas break!


We are taking bookings now for terms 3, 4, 5 and 6. Contact us to book your class. These are our workshops for schools from January 2022:

Bristol and the Transatlantic Traffic in Enslaved Africans KS3+
Bristol Chocolate KS2
Every picture tells a story KS1
Stone Age to Iron Age KS2
Ancient Greeks KS2
Ancient Egypt KS2
Bristol at War – The Home Front KS2
Ships and Sailors KS1

black and white image of a 3D skull of a lion
We have two FREE webinars this term for schools to book:

KS1 Virtual Victorian Christmas (live from Blaise Museum) 7 December 1.30pm to 2.15pm

KS2 Predators and Prey 15 December 1.30pm to 2.15pm

For Terms 3 and 4 we will be offering webinars on topics including Art and Architecture in Ancient Benin and Sights and Sounds of the Bristol Blitz. These will be available to book online shortly.
The Delhi Durbar. Painting of large crowds in Delhi watching a parade with elephants of the state entry into Delhi, India
Resources for Educators
We're adding to our online Resources all the time. We feature artefacts and objects from our collections as much as possible and work with local organisations such as drama groups, illustrators, and poets to create content.

We've recently added KS3 and KS4 History resources which includes material on Indian Partition.

Resources on Primary Science will soon be available. In addition Bristol Museums Learning has a playlist on YouTube with videos on topics and objects from our collections. 

Our Resources pages: Something missing? Let us know if you would like a topic covered.
young female reading script sitting cross legged on floor in front of an Anderson shelter
Sounds of the Blitz. A Bristol Schools Project
This year Museums Learning worked with a local professional actors and pupils from two Bristol primary schools to create four short plays. These were based on oral history recordings about the Bristol Blitz and filmed in M Shed, using WWII props such as our Anderson shelter.  Watch Sounds of the Blitz video on YouTube. Why not write your own script based on oral recordings? Find out more with this guide written by actor and director, Toby Hulse.
2 women dressed in black Victorian era dresses. They are decorating a Christmas tree
Home Educating Families

We hope to see lots of you at our Victorian Christmas webinar for home educating families. Get into the Christmas spirt and wear your Christmas jumpers as we come to you live from Blaise Museum! We will look at how Victorians in Bristol celebrated Christmas.
Book Virtual Victorian Christmas webinar for home educating families 7 December 11am to 11.45am

Coming up in the New Year: Bristol’s Health in the Past webinar suitable for 13+ years

ammonite fossil
Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life loan box

From January 2022 you can book a new loan box for EYFS learners. The Dinosaurs and prehistoric life box contains 14 objects for young learners to handle, including real fossils. Loan boxes are available for Bristol schools for two weeks. Book EYFS Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life loan box.

golden shrimp in a blue sea. Photo taken by Laurent Ballesta
Exhibitions and events
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021
100 powerful photographs tell the story of a planet under pressure, giving us a deeper understanding of the issues facing nature and the actions we need to take to protect it. 27 November 2021 to 5 June 2022.
Find out more and book your ticket for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

Grayson’s Art Club
Art works chosen by Grayson Perry and guest celebrities during season two of the hit TV series, Grayson’s Art Club will feature in a brand-new exhibition this winter. 4 December 2021 to 4 September 2022.
Find out more and book your ticket for Grayson’s Art Club

Oral Histories, their importance and impact. Free online talk
Reflect on the importance of oral history to our understanding of our shared heritage both locally and globally. 15 December 2021, 2pm to 3pm.
Find out more and book your place on the Oral Histories online talk

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