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Bristol's 'M Shed'

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View from the rooftop area: one of four Stothert and Pitt electric cranes, and the steam tug Mayflower.
A fitting way to honour Bristol's former engineering prowess?
Detail of steam engine which once powered the Bathurst Basin bridge. The workmanship is outstanding. N.B. This can only be seen on a 'Behind the Scenes' tour
1878. Fairbairn Patent Steam Crane, made by Stothert and Pitt, at Bristol's 'M Shed'.
1878. Fairbairn Patent Steam Crane at Bristol's 'M Shed'.
1878. Fairbairn Patent Steam Crane at Bristol's 'M Shed'.

Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN.

The museum has many items on display relating to aspects of Bristol's people and the city's history.

Bristol had a proud industrial heritage, and it might be thought that the authorities would be keen to commemorate it with pride. They did once, in the former Bristol Industrial Museum which previously occupied this site, but today's visitors will find relatively few local industrial artefacts in the open displays. The large aerospace display in the former Industrial Museum had provided a fitting tribute to the area's skills, but this was discarded, and all that is on offer to indicate the presence of the aerospace industry now is a confusing jumble of artefacts in a glass tank. Fortunately the industry in well represented in the new Aerospace Bristol Museum to the north of Bristol.

Fortunately, the Industrial Museum had acquired an important collection of local industrial artefacts, and numerous items are stored on site in the reserve collection. Excellent 'Behind the Scenes' tours are available at certain times, currently five days a week. See relevant web page for details [1]

Museum’s web page.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Behind the Scenes' webpage