Bristol has the highest tidal reach of any city in the world and a rich tradition of ship building and shipping. Learning ships offers exciting, practical ways of engaging students and their families with their region’s maritime heritage and cultural landscape.
Through the Young Shipwrights programme young people visit exciting locations by boat and work in teams of four alongside a business volunteer to build working models of historic boats. The programme is also designed to inspire students to think about their own careers and future paths.
Creation of small wind-powered land-yachts. Pairs of children collaborate to make a single hull yacht and then collaborate with another pair to build a catamaran that can go faster and further. Links to exploration, discovery, transport and journeys. see more
Workshop held in the Engine Shed, Enterprise Zone Business Hub and includes Bristol Packet Boat tour and visit to Underfall Yard
Workshops held in schools
As above with a traveling maritime experience covering navigation, voyages of discovery, trade and the future of shipping.Where possible RNLI, Coastguard or Navy bring inshore rescue vessel into school playground
Workshop held on-board the MV Balmoral, a large passenger vessel moored outside M Shed in Bristol's Floating Harbour
People aged 16 - 24 can take part in a six day course to build a dinghy. The course runs on Thursdays throughout the year and is free to young people in Bristol.
Through sponsorship from industry partners we aim to provide a day workshop for 30 young people for £300 or less. Some activities and courses are free.
The Learning Ships project has reached over 7,000 young people in the last seven years
Understanding jobs and opportunities
Communication and presentation skills
Practical building and construction skills
Deeper understanding of specific periods of maritime history/trade and exploration.