Sunday, 13 January 2013

M Shed, Bristol


M Shed | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Yesterday afternoon I took a stroll down to the harbourside with my sister and we decided to check out M Shed, the museum of Bristol's places, people and culture. Three floors exhibit the unique character of the city; its art and its contribution to global historic events.

For the 'Places' installation – where each area of Bristol is represented through postcards, photographs and historic artefacts – residents of the city were asked to write snippets on what their part of the city means to them: each was an enlightening and very entertaining read.

In the other spaces it was fascinating to learn more about the town – including the fact that a unique dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1834 by quarry workers (at the time, only the forth ever dinosaur discovery in the world) – and it was a real eye-opener to visualise Bristol as an integral part of the transatlantic Slave Trade in the eighteenth century.

Of course, every city has its own band of influential movers-and-shakers, a distinct and special art scene, and makes a significant contribution to local and global culture, but M Shed does collect this nicely in a nutshell for Bristol. It has nice vibe. There is a fantastic view from the balcony of the third floor of the large building and it has glass walls to invite the day-to-day movement of the city into your experience.

Clifton – my part of Bristol | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The music scene | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Easton's contribution to the steel industry | Rosie Pentreath

Third-floor view of the harbourside | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Bristol bicycles | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Bedminster | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Bristol balloons | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Tram signs | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Visit: mshed.org

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