Zara Roxburgh

Interpretation from Re-Creation: Clarendon Sixth Form Photography Display

We are proud to present our annual photography display from one of our partners – Clarendon Sixth Form – called “Interpretation from Re-Creation”.


As usual, all of the students were given a tour of various sections of the Museum stores by our fabulous curators and had chance to explore the Museum’s galleries and find elements that sparked their interest. From there, they took their inspiration to develop a shot that would be developed in the dark room to produce a striking black and white image for display in the Museum.

Every year the students’ work never fails to impress; especially when they take one aspect of the Museum’s vast collection and communicate a statement about it in just one image. We certainly set them a challenging brief, but the students often react to it with considered thought and verve. What’s great about doing this project annually is that despite certain students identifying similar areas of the collection year after year their images are always unique and take a slightly different approach: demonstrating how imaginative and individual they all are as photographers.

Not only that, but the display also allows us to share with the public the work that we do with schools and colleges in the Learning Team. It’s a great example of a collaborative partnership that benefits the students’ skill development and provides a productive outcome for us to demonstrate how powerful the Museum’s collection can be.

You can view their pictures below, but it would be much better to see the exhibition for real. Why not come to the Museum over the next couple of weeks? The students’ work will be up in our Alhambra space (off the Link bridge on Floor 1) over the Easter holidays.




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.