1. St Pauls Carnival

    Our contributors By M Shed and members of Bristol’s African-Caribbean communities. Many thanks to the volunteers who conducted the interviews on this project: Sharon Woma, Alex Mormoris, Jake Wittlin, Antonette Clarke Akalanne and Trevor White. Our contributors Many thanks to the volunteers who conducted the interviews on this project: Sharon Woma, Alex Mormoris, Jake Wittlin, […]

  2. Windrush Influence on the Music of Bristol

    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. Deep bass lines and heavy grooves became the signature sound to popular music in the UK throughout the last 50 years. The influence of sound system culture in […]

  3. The Seven Saints of St Pauls: Memorials and Black Joy in Bristol

    Black Britons have always contributed to Britain’s history. But, time and time again, these contributions are carved out of the national narrative. We cannot overlook the importance of safeguarding and publicising stories that commemorate positive and autonomous Black contributions to British history. Promoting Black stories from British history means Black citizens are acknowledged as having […]

  4. 19 Black Bristol Women Who’ve Made a Difference

    Our list starts after the 1950s. We know there were women of colour living and working in Bristol before then, but most were excluded from the public arena. Though these women were crucial to their communities, history books have not acknowledged their contributions. “It was the guiding principle behind my deciding to live and work […]

  5. Somali Tribalism in Bristol

    I didn’t really know about tribalism until another Somali asked me what my tribe was about 10 years ago. It brought about a lot of confusion. I’d grown up in Bristol and my parents had never even mentioned tribes. I asked them what it meant. They told me that talk of tribalism was unnecessary and […]

  6. World Cultures

    There are about 10,000 objects ranging from tiny pottery beads to full-size native American canoes, from huge bark-cloth masks from Papua New Guinea to a ball of string from the Congo. There are painted coats from Canada, a quilted horse armour from Nigeria and initiation costumes from South Africa. In museums in the U.K. World […]

  7. Social History

    The collection comprises objects relating to community and domestic life, personal effects, working life and clothing. Items from the collection can be seen on display at M Shed and Blaise Museum, and by appointment. The domestic collection represents a unique resource for the study of home life. It includes one of the UK’s largest collections […]

  8. Numismatics

    The emphasis is on the local, so there is a series of coins minted at the Bristol Mint, from the 11th century under Aethelred II to the 17th century under William III.  There are also archaeological finds, from the Iron Age Dobunnic tribe, the Romans and official and unofficial coins issued by the kings and […]

  9. Militaria

    The Firearms collection covers guns made over a 200 year period from about 1750. The majority are locally-produced pistols, muskets and rifles. It also contains guns from the Boer War, sporting guns for hunting, and guns from Africa dating to the 18th century and the 1950s. The Uniform collection has mostly dress uniform from local militia and volunteer regiments, […]

  10. Industrial & Maritime History

    The collection now numbers over 10,000 objects and over 60,000 photographs. The majority of these are housed in the store adjacent to M Shed, which can be seen on regular tours. Individual items can be seen by appointment. Much of Bristol’s wealth was provided by a few select industries such as printing, engineering and tobacco, […]