“From ship + shapen, later shortened to shape. The word is of nautical origin, based on the obligation of a sailor to keep his or her quarters arranged neatly and securely due to the limited space typically allotted to service members aboard ship, and against turbulence at sea”. Wiktionary
Ships, boats and life on the water – this exhibition is our celebration of all things nautical through our Collection and lent by friends.
Bristol has a rich marine history and even now hundreds of ships and boats are docked in the Floating Harbour. Famous ships of Bristol include John Cabot’s Matthew in which he sailed to Newfoundland in 1497, and of course the SS Great Britain.
We will be open, ship shape and Bristol fashion, on Wednesdays 13:30-16:00 and on Saturdays 11:00-16:00.