Join Manchester Museum’s Junior Youth Board

Junior Youth BoardManchester Museum’s Junior Youth Board is an enthusiastic group of young people who volunteer at the Museum. They meet at the Museum once a month on a Saturday.

It is a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes, explore the many aspects of the Museum while meeting new people and having fun!

The Junior Youth Board is for those aged 8-13.

For more information on how to join Junior Youth Board please contact



Museum-inspired computer game characters

Before the festive break, we were delighted to support a Games Development project called ‘Chimera’, undertaken by first year Level 3 BTEC students at Preston’s College. Their brief called for a creature to be designed for use in a video game. The creature needed to have some biological basis in reality to create the illusion of something both familiar and at the same time, completely unique.

To help their design process the students visited Manchester Museum and spent the day sketching, collecting reference photography and taking part in an artist-led session using Museum specimens.

After a lot of development work back at college, the students came back to the Museum and presented their final designs to Museum staff to gain feedback. It was fascinating hearing how the designs had been created and how the visit to the Museum had inspired the students.

Here are their design results:

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MMU trainee teachers begin their own learning journey here…

This week and next we are introducing all 210 Manchester Metropolitan University first year BE’d students to the wonderful ways  museums are engaging primary and early years children with history, science and the natural world.

The students have been discovering how learning outside the classroom works and what the benefits are to the children’s learning and development.

The students have been fantastic and very enthusiastic.

Here’s a taster of their creative flare and a snapshot of the amazing artefacts that caught their eyes.

We can’t wait for the group to be NQT’s and bring their own classes to experience the awe and wonder a trip to the museum can inspire!

Two Manchester pupils win North West schools science competition

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Left to right: Jo Beggs (Manchester Museum), Daisy Wilson (year 8 winner), Miliani Fraser-Flectcher (year 7 winner), Jenny Clucas (NWBLT) 

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition, run by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT).

The challenge was to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words, with the chance to win an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment.

A 13-strong shortlist was drawn up by a panel of judges (including me to represent the Museum). The shortlist were then invited to compete in the ‘Competition Final’ held last night at the Museum.

The Winner in Year 8 was Daisy Wilson from Cheadle Hulme High School.  She said “This evening has been a great opportunity.  I am delighted to have won the iPad Mini and my school is going to be really pleased to receive the £250.”   The Runner Up was Opeyemi Lamina from Withington Girls School.

The Winner in Year 7 was Miliani Fraser-Fletcher from Cheadle Hulme School who commented “I was very nervous but thought that everyone who presented tonight did really well.”   The Runner Up in Year 7 was Lottie Burnett also from Cheadle Hulme School.

It was brilliant to hear the pupil’s passion and enthusiasm for science and the high level of entries gave us judges a difficult time when making the decision over the winners!


Science Journalism Competition

BSA_Max_415_411British Science Association – Science Journalism Competition

The Manchester Branch of the British Science Association are launching a competition for 6th form and college students across Greater Manchester to try their hand at science journalism and, they invite you and your students to participate.

Students will have the opportunity to Research a topic of their choice, interview an active researcher working in their chosen field and then create their own 500 word article explaining this work to a lay-audience. The winning entry will receive a £50 Amazon voucher.

To find out more and sign-up your Sixth-form/College visit,

Or alternatively, email for more information.

Key Dates:
Deadline to register an interest – 31st January 2016.
Submission of entries – 22nd April 2016

Posted on behalf of the Manchester Branch, British Science Association

Creative sketches for a new creature!

Today a wonderful group of Year 2’s from Saint Willibrords Primary School came to visit us and learn all about animals and their habitats.

The group were really focussed, asking some wonderful questions when meeting the live animals in our Nature Discovery Gallery.

Later in the day the children began to come up with ideas for the sorts of features their very own creature designs will have. I think you’ll agree they look like they will be impressive creatures for sure.

We can’t wait to see the end designs!

Well done to all the children and thank you for a great day.


Creating captivating spaces for under 5s



Monday 25 January 2016, 11am-3pm, The Whitworth

Are you a EYFS teacher or nursery practitioner? Do you work with under 5s in a children’s centre, cultural venue or within the community?

If so then join us at the Whitworth for a day of show and tell exploring the role of culture and creativity in developing enabling environments for young children and their families.

We believe museums and galleries are brilliant spaces for young children and their grown ups. They are packed full of amazing objects and artworks, have lots of space to explore and plenty to do to inspire curiosity, develop communication and build confidence.

Join artists, researchers, early years and museum professionals to explore why the learning environment is so important in the early years.

Special guests will include Wild Rumpus who will be doing what they do best; transforming our Grand Hall into a magical, immersive environment setting…

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Outstanding Haveley Hey’s Year 6!

What a fantastic school Haveley Hey Primary school is, and what a credit to the school the Year 6 children were. The classes who took part in fossil handling and investigative work this morning and they were remarkable! The children were very clued up; so many of the class knew how to recognise, and knew the name for, ammonites! Vanessa, Mason and Leo, well done! I was very impressed by the extensive knowledge of how fossils were formed, words like ‘deterioration’ used by Harrison and ‘disintegration’ by Olivia really impressed me.IMG_2101

The children were all impeccably behaved and handled the precious objects with care and attention at all times.Lewis was the quickest to identity the shark’s tooth and Casey even counted the numbers of incisions along the edge of tooth, 180!!! I wouldn’t like to be under attack from that shark!IMG_2103

I was taken very accurately through how a fossil is formed by Charlotte and loved hearing about the different types of shark from Callum. Marley gave me a wonderful description of the differences between Carnivores and Herbivores which was really articulate and full of fascinating facts.

What a brilliant group, certainly a few future paleontologists and museum experts of the future!IMG_2100

Well done to everyone and thank you to Ms Straker for inviting us along.


Half term ideas for science pupils!

NWBLT science competitionHave your pupils entered the NWBLT science competition yet? If not, why not set it for homework over the half term break. The closing date for entries is 6th November 2015 and the winner receives an iPad mini and cash for their school. To enter the competition pupils need to email on “Why I want to be a Scientist” in no more than 500 words. Please make sure your pupils include their name, school name and whether they are in Year 7 or Year 8.

There is also plenty science for all the family to get involved with at Science Spectacular at Manchester Museum and Whitworth Hall on Saturday 31st October 11am – 4pm, as part of Manchester Science Festival.

Science Spectacular


This full-on family science day means a chance for all budding scientists to enjoy over 40 interactive experiments and demonstrations.

Create a mini tornado, snuggle up to some creepy crawlies, talk to scientists and crack secret DNA and computer codes, play the imitation brain game, explore science on a microchip, build a world of fungus and work with mini robots.


And remember to look out for our Science Buskers along Oxford Road.

We hope you have a fun half term!

Creative Practitioner Opportunity: Extended

What do these portraits tell us about ancient people?

What do these portraits tell us about ancient people?

Exciting news! We are extending our closing date for Creative Practitioners to apply to work with us  and up to six partner schools on our Art of Identity project. The opportunity is  part of our third year partnership with Children and the Arts who are funding Manchester Museum as part of their Start programme.

We are looking for Artists  to deliver our project outcome of a piece of artwork that demonstrates the collective identity of each partner school using a particular artistic tenchique. Two Practitioners will work with all the pupils involved, and will be required to deliver a workshop at the Museum and another workshop in each school. Project work will be taking place in either the Spring or Summer Terms and there will be a celebration event at the Museum in 2016 to showcase the work.

Partner schools in this project are:
Droyslden Academy
Stretford Grammar School
Derby High School will be working with three of their feeder Primary schools.

If you missed it the first time around, don’t miss your chance now! Take a look at our Creative Practitioner Brief, with details on how to apply.  The new closing date for applications is Friday 16th October at 5pm.