Learn more about The Matthew through videos and activities

All resources are available for free.

Build your own paper model ship

Howard Shirley designed this brilliant template for making your own 15th Century English Caravel (ship). He based it on The Matthew, but there are two other designs available – pirate themed and black and white so you can colour it in yourself.

Get the template here →

Get the instructions here →

You can see a snippet of it on the right there -->

Test your knowledge of The Matthew

This quiz asks questions about the ship and its history – something for all ages!



Virtual tour of The Matthew

Take a 360° look at The Matthew via Google

Find videos of previous trips and adventures on our new YouTube channelCheck those out here. Subscribe to get notified of new uploads.

Colouring sheets

A handful of Bristol-based artists have created some brilliant colouring sheets of iconic Bristol scenery and attractions. The Matthew is featured in a few of them.

Sea Shanties

Be a pirate or sailor for the day with some hearty sea shanties. Donkey Riding is a good one to sing with children. Learn it here or have a watch and listen here – 2 minutes in.

Pirate fun

For activities to do with children – including puzzles, colouring in, and design your own pirate flag – have a look here.

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Photo By Howard Shirley - caravel paper model preview
Photo by Howard Shirley - caravel paper model preview.