The Space Shed

The Space Shed is landing to host two days of space based entertainment for all the family on our very own Millennium Square!

Join us for free theatre shows and conversations in the Unlimited Space Agency's mobile headquarters. Bring a picnic, blanket or bagsy a deckchair (first come, first served!) and enjoy an action-packed, thought-provoking day exploring space travel and what it can teach us about our existence here on Earth.


Saturday 7 September

11am – How To Save the Planet (45 mins)

“If I could get every Earthling to do one circle of the Earth, I think things would run a little differently.” Karen Nyberg, NASA astronaut

Nearly every astronaut who’s ever been into space returns a committed environmentalist - seeing the Earth’s thin atmosphere, no borders, our pale blue - Spaceship Earth.

In 2019, as the world finally wakes up to the reality of a global climate emergency, how can we “be more astronaut”? Join UNSA’s Director of Human Spaceflight Jon Spooner and UNSA’s first (actual) astronaut Mini Jon as they work out how to stop feeling hopeless and instead, get active!

1pm – Conversations and workshops with scientists

2.30pm – How I Hacked My Way Into Space (45 mins)

The franky bizarre/inspirational story of a 43 year old man’s midlife crisis/creative adventure to hack his way into space from his garden shed in England, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.


Colin Pillinger Memorial Events: An Afternoon on the Moon  

Family entertainment in memory of Bristol born and educated Professor Colin Pillinger, leader of the Beagle 2 spacecraft that landed on Mars in 2003, and who started his research career studying the Apollo lunar samples at the University of Bristol 50 years ago.


4pm- The Moon in Bristol and beyond (1 hour)

Jon Spooner (Artistic Director of Unlimited Theatre) in conversation with Tim Gregory, Bristol researcher and presenter of BBC Radio Bristol documentary following the work on the Apollo returned samples 50 years ago at Bristol University. 

Followed by a conversation with space scientist Simeon Barber who will tell us about the UK’s role in the forthcoming Luna 27 mission to the south pole of the Moon.


5pm - Moon, Art, Science, Culture (1 hour)

In conversation with astronomer Robert Massey, whose recent book with art historian Alexandra Loske presents a rich and curious history of the Moon.  From its violent birth through to the exhilarating story of the space race and current efforts, they discuss the many faces of the Moon and how they have shaped humanity's existence.


Sunday 8 September

11am – How To Save the Planet (45 mins)

1pm – In Conversation with Dr Alix Dietzel (20-30 mins)

Dr Dietzel, Lecturer in Global Ethics at the University of Bristol, will chat to Space Shed host, Jon Spooner, about her research and experience of global climate justice.


The Space Shed is brought to you by Unlimited Theatre in partnership with We The Curious and is part of our programme of activities exploring the positive actions we can take to protect our planet. The programme reflects our long-term commitment to building a sustainable future.

On the 5 June this year, We The Curious declared a climate emergency, joining other institutions in recognising the urgency to act and pledging to become carbon neutral by 2030. You can read more about this here.  





7 Sep - 8 Sep

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