Coronavirus pandemic

17th Sep 2020   

Having had to cancel our planned events from the end of March to date, we are now making tentative steps to resume with a limited programme. Two visits to Bristol Museums’ sites have been organised for later in the year, details below, although they may need to be cancelled – possibly at short notice.

Behind the Scenes: Underfall Yard workshop tour

10.30am    04th Nov 2020    Cumberland Road 

Underfall Yard is a working boatyard and docks maintenance facility that has been in continual use since the 1880’s. During our tour we shall experience the collection of vintage machines in action although as some of these depend upon volunteers, they may not all be operating at the time of our visit.

In light of the current regulations, we have arranged for groups of five to tour the workshops at different times.

Originally advertised for 21 October, available time slots on that day are now filled and a second opportunity has been arranged for Wednesday 4 November.

Please read the safety instructions on the back of the booking form, be prepared to wear face masks and bring hand sanitiser, and conform to any other regulations current at the venue at the time.

There is also the possibility that we may have to cancel at short notice.

Cost: £7.50 per person
Please book via the form in the September newsletter. If you have misplaced this, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link on this website’s homepage.

Museum Winter Lecture: Violence in Prehistory

7.30 - 9.00pm    05th Nov 2020    via Zoom 

The Neolithic and Bronze Age periods have traditionally been thought of as relatively peaceful times where warfare and acts of violence rarely happened. Yet recent studies suggest that this is not necessarily the case, so how violent was our prehistoric past?

Join Rick Schulting, Professor of Scientific and Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Oxford, for this online talk which will reveal a darker side to the human species.

Due to COVID-19, this winter lecture season will take place over Zoom.  To book a place, go to the ‘What’s on’ page of the Bristol Museums’ website click here for a link.

The Winter Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends.

M Shed talk – Witnessing the War: The Bristol Blitz

6.00 - 7.00pm    19th Nov 2020    via Zoom 

This talk will explore archive sources that capture the scale of destruction during the Blitz and how Bristolians responded to the threat and realities of aerial attacks.

Speaker: Allie Dillon, City Archivist

Owing to Covid-19 restrictions this talk will be held online over Zoom.   To book your place, go to the M Shed ‘What’s on’ page click here for a link

Behind the Scenes – Being Human: an exhibition of modern sculpture

10.30am    20th Nov 2020    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road 

This exhibition has been extended and we have arranged tours led by the curator, Julia Carver.

This event was originally advertised for 12 November, but available slots that day are now full.  A second day of tours has now been arranged for Friday 20 November.

Groups will need to be much smaller than usual and it may be necessary for extra tours to take place at different times or days.

Please be prepared to wear face masks and bring hand santiser, and to conform to any other regulations current at the venue at the time.

There is also the possibility that we may have to cancel at short notice.

Cost: £5 per person

Please book using the form in the September newsletter. If you have misplaced this, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link on this website’s homepage.