HIGHLIGHTS

Docks Heritage Weekend, 9th and 10th of October 2021

Explore Bristol’s maritime past at Docks Heritage Weekend 2019, with events for all ages at Underfall Yard, M Shed and SS Great Britain. Read more…

Pump demonstrations

 PHOTOGRAPHER JEM SOUTHAM IN CONVERSATION, 23RD SEPTEMBER 2021

Underfall Yard’s exhibition of photographs of Bristol Harbour in the late 1970s by Jem Southam provide a unique and definitive portrait of the harbour on the eve of its transformation from a place of industry and work to one of leisure and recreation. Read more…

Pump demonstrations

BRISTOL PHOTO FESTIVAL, JUNE – OCTOBER 2021

Underfall Yard is delighted to be taking part in the first ever Bristol Photo Festival this summer. From 18th of June until late summer, an outdoor exhibition will display a series of photographs of Bristol City Docks in the late 1970s by Jem Southam which provide a unique portrait of the harbour at a time of rapid change. Click here for more information.

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Sep
23
Thu
Photographer Jem Southam in conversation
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photographer Jem Southam in conversation @ Underfall Yard Visitor Centre

Underfall Yard’s exhibition of photographs of Bristol Harbour in the late 1970s by Jem Southam provide a unique and definitive portrait of the harbour on the eve of its transformation from a place of industry and work to one of leisure and recreation. One of Southam’s first major projects, the photographs were published in The Floating Harbour: A Landscape History of the Bristol City Docks (1983) and majority of the works are being exhibited for the first time.

Underfall Yard Trust is delighted to welcome Jem to discuss the exhibition and share his experience of photographing the harbour at a time of rapid change. In addition to a talk by Jem, this informal event will allow plenty of time for questions and guest contributions. Light refreshments will be provided.

All proceeds will support the work of Underfall Yard Trust.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/166505980871

About Jem Southam

Born in Bristol in 1950, Jem Southam’s work is housed in major collections including Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Museum Folkwang, Essen; and the Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven. His work has been the subject of numerous international solo exhibitions notably, Tate St Ives (2004), V&A Museum, London (2006) and The Lowry, Salford (2009).

Oct
9
Sat
Docks Heritage Weekend 2021
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – Oct 10 @ 5:00 pm

Explore Bristol’s maritime past at Docks Heritage Weekend 2019, with events for all ages at Underfall Yard, M Shed and SS Great Britain. This annual event celebrates the important story of Bristol’s historic Docks, which were the centre of the city’s trade for centuries. Eclipsed after the 1920s by Avonmouth Docks, the last regular trading ship departed in1974 and the Docks were closed to commercial shipping in1975. Since then the Harbour has been regenerated into the leisure, residential and business centre that we see today.  This special weekend offers a taster of yesteryear with fun and engaging activities for all the family.

At Underfall Yard you can:

Experience demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing

Watch the pumps that powered a port running on the hour from 11am – 4pm

Go behind the scenes in the magnificent Victorian Workshops. Only recently restored to working order, all the line-shafting will be in operation and several machines will be at work turning, planing and shaping metal

Appreciate engineering in miniature with demonstrations of our collection of model stationary steam engines and workshops

Learn about ships and trade with the Merchant Navy Association

Try your hand at knots and rope work with the International Guild of Knot Tyers

Visit the Sluice Room and discover the elegant Georgian engineering that makes Underfall Yard the most important piece of land in Bristol

Enjoy the inaugural Bristol Sea Shanty Festival on Sunday 10th

As always, Underfall Café will be serving fabulous food and drink for you to enjoy as you take in the best view in Bristol.

Docks Heritage Weekend events at Underfall Yard are free to visit. Donations to Underfall Yard Charitable Trust are gratefully received.