15th Feb 2021   

The following two events are currently on hold due to lockdown restrictions.  However, there are plenty of online events being run by the museum, details of which can be found below.

Behind the Scenes: Diversity in Art

16th Feb 2021 - 30th Apr 2021    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 

It had been hoped to have a tour of the permanent art galleries on Thursday 25 February to explore the fascinating global influences on western art and the varied and obvious presence of many people from beyond Europe in pictures which have previously been assumed to be the reserve of white men and women.

This will be programmed again when there is certainty about Bristol Museum & Art Gallery being open.


Behind the Scenes: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

17th Feb 2021 - 30th Apr 2021    M Shed 

We had been hoping to visit this exhibition on Thursday 25 March.

Owing to M Shed’s closure this will not now be possible, but a tour will take place at the end of April, assuming that access is allowed then.


Archaeology Online: From Standing Stones to a Clockwork Universe

7.30 - 9.00pm    10th Mar 2021    Held over Zoom 

Find out how our view of the Universe has developed from antiquity to the present day.

Speaker: Mike Edmunds, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University and former Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy.  He was educated at Cambridge, but has lived and worked in Wales for over 45 years.

Due to COVID-19, this lecture will take place over Zoom.  To book a place click here.


Museum Winter Lecture: Reflections on Bristol’s public space

7.30pm    11th Mar 2021    via Zoom 

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Join members of the We Are Bristol History Commission for a virtual discussion on how Bristol’s past has been reflected in the city’s public spaces.

Panellists will debate why some histories have been remembered whilst others are forgotten and if, and why, that matters (panellists to be confirmed).

The We Are Bristol History Commission aims to facilitate city-wide learning, helping Bristol understand our past, so we can better decide who we want to become.  The commission is chaired by Professor Tim Cole from the University of Bristol and involves a wide-range of academics from sectors including philosophy, trade unions, arts and culture, and law.

The commission was initiated after the events of summer 2020 and its work will include the history of slavery as well as the full scope of events that have impacted the city.  The commission will include the building and removal of the Colston statue as a departure point and it will also consider the growth of education, the struggles of workers for pay and working conditions, and the Chartists and suffragettes campaigning for emancipation.

Due to COVID-19, this winter lecture season is taking place over Zoom.

To book a place click here.

The Winter Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends.


“Good Old Knowle” – The wrestling craze in Bristol and the South West c.1900

6.00 - 7.00pm    18th Mar 2021    Held over Zoom 

How was the national “wrestling craze” of the early twentieth century realised at a local level?

This online talk will be held over Zoom.  To book a place click here.


Late lunch talk: The archaeology of Blaise

2.00 - 2.45pm    18th Mar 2021    Held over Zoom 

The Blaise Estate has some of Bristol’s most amazing archaeology.

This late lunch talk will look at the evidence that we have and what it can tell us, before touching on ways that we may be able to find out more.

Speaker: Kate Iles, Curator of Archaeology for Bristol Culture.  She helps curate a large, multi-period archaeology collection and works across several museum sites.  Kate is also a Young Archaeologists’ Club leader for the Bristol & Bath branch and the Project Officer for Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society.

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom.  To book your place click here.


Reading the ‘book of skin’: The life and death of John Horwood

6.00 - 7.00pm    15th Apr 2021    Held over Zoom 

John Horwood was hanged for the murder of his sweetheart Eliza in 1821.

Dr Richard Smith, the surgeon who attended Eliza at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, became witness for the prosecution.  He dissected Horwood’s body post-mortem to amplify the severity of his punishment.  Not only did Smith discharge his duty in front of a public audience, he had Horwood’s skin dressed and tanned to bind his account of the case.  Embossed with the actual skin of John Horwood and skull and cross-bone motifs, the book is now on display at M Shed.

This online talk will be held over Zoom.  To book a place click here.