Here is a guest blog post from the Museum’s enthusiastic Youth Board, a group of young people who volunteer at the Museum. Today they kindly got involved with a citizen science project called ‘The Microverse’ that we are taking part in organised by the Natural History Museum.

Originally posted on Manchester Museum Youth Board:

Today we had an extra youth board meeting as it’s half term! We were taking part in the Natural History Museum’s ‘Microverse’ Project – a project which involves various groups swabbing a building and sending them off for the cultures to be analysed. The youth board of course chose the museum and we surveyed three areas – the glass by the front doors, the cafe entrance pillars and the metal archway gate.
As well as being loads of fun, the project will hopefully help contribute to some really interesting research about what is able to survive in the harsh conditions that are building exteriors. The results are set to be published and hopefully the youth board will be acknowledged for our contribution.

Laura labelling the swabs to be sent off for analysis


A collection of polaroids we took during the project


Emma taking a sample from the entrance door glass

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Student Consultant Opportunity – the Study, Manchester Museum

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Student Consultants

Manchester Museum Volunteer Opportunity

At Manchester Museum, we are creating an exciting new space ‘The Study’ which aims to inspire researchers of all ages, from curious teenagers to amateur enthusiasts. We are looking for University student volunteers to collaborate with staff on the development of a new volunteer role to support this space, help shape our student launch event in September and advise us as we finalise our plans for the gallery and recruit a core team of student volunteers who will inspire visitors in this unique learning environment.

Overview of role:

  • Advise staff on subject matter, content and marketing/branding for ‘The Study’
  • Collaborate with Museum staff on the development of new volunteer role
  • Help shape and plan our student launch event in September
  • Draw on knowledge, interests and skills to offer staff an insight into student life which will

inform the way we engage with students

  • Assist with the promotion of opportunities and events to fellow students

Opportunities as a volunteer:

  • Be involved in a unique opportunity to play a critical role in shaping a permanent Museum


  • Collaborate with staff from across the Museum’s departments
  • Gain insight into learning, exhibitions and programming in museums
  • Meet new people and develop a range of skills including communication and team work
  • To become part of the highly valued Museum Volunteer team with opportunities to attend

further training and development, and to attend social events and private views

What we would like you to bring to ‘The Study’:

  • A passion for learning and desire to share knowledge with others
  • Independent and quirky approach to work
  • New perspective and fresh ideas
  • Strong links to the student community
  • Students from all Universities and subjects areas are welcome
  • 6 months commitment

Reports to:

Volunteer Coordinator & Student Engagement Coordinator


We would like volunteers to commit to 2 hours every fortnight over the summer period, with the opportunity for a regular volunteer session in ‘The Study’ from September onwards

Please contact Kate Glynn by 7.6.15 to register your interest


‘Top Secret’ case begins its transformation…

Over the past few months we have been lucky enough to have several visits from a wonderful group of cultural ambassadors from Medlock Primary School. The children range from Year 1-6 and have been curating one of the museum’s more hidden cases in the school and family picnic area in the basement.

The children studied the style of display cases around the museum, thinking about colour, structure, object positioning as well as themes that are illustrated within the displays.

The fantastic group then selected 10 objects that they were most intrigued by and went about developing themes and making big decisions about how the case would actually look; from the colour of paint used to the way objects were to be positioned.

Here’s a little look behind the scenes of what’s been happening so far. Watch this space as the case enters the final stages of installation…

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Well done to all the cultural ambassadors at Medlock Primary School and keep up the good work! We can’t wait to see the next stages of all your hard work!

Future Young Paleontologists get hands on with our Dinosaur Fossils…

On Monday 11th May 8 wonderful children and their teacher Laura Simpson from St John’s Primary School in Leigh came to visit and get hands on with some of our oldest artefacts.

The fabulous group, some of whom had never been to the museum before, were very excited and had a particular interest in all things dinosaur!!! This dedicated young group of explorers had even managed to track down a dinosaur in their school grounds and had written to me to tell me all about it. I just had to meet them!

The group knew so much about fossils and what skills you need to be a good paleontologist that I could definitely see some future scientists in the making in this group.

Here’s what the group got up to on their day being Dinosaur Detectives.

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We hope to see you all again soon at the Manchester Museum and keep up all the really good paleontological work.

Debbie Doran.

Medlock Primary School begin to curate a case in the school and public lunch area.

Over the past few months Medlock Primary School have been working with a member of the  Museum’s Learning Team, Curatorial Team and the Museum’s Workshop team to help redesign a forgotten display case situated in the school and public lunch area.

The fabulous group of children from Medlock Primary have been investigating a selection of objects and have come up with a list of 8 objects they would most like to see displayed in the case. The group are really inspiring, creative thinkers as they then set about linking storybook themes to the case design.

Here’s a taster of what the case looked like before the group got their creative hands on it and a little taster of what’s in store for the case over the next few weeks.

The empty case awaits its revamp!

The empty case awaits its revamp!

Habitat hints for the specimens that may go into the case... Examples of  the labels selected to match the design ideas...

Habitat hints for the specimens that may go into the case…
Examples of the labels selected to match the design ideas…

One little ladybird has made it's way into the case! What else will follow?

One little ladybird has made it’s way into the case! What else will follow?

Watch this space for future instalments and eventually the grand opening of this very special case.

Well done to Medlock’s Cultural Ambassadors for all your hard work so far!

Debbie Doran, Primary Learning Coordinator.

Science-related residential summer school opportunity for AS students

Green_Vs_Polluted_CityInterested in how we can create a more sustainable future? Brilliant chance for AS level students to be part of our first ever residential Sustainability Summer School here at Manchester Museum. Bringing objects, technology and innovation together. Supported by the NWBLT, as part of our Lever Prize 2015 year. Find more info and how to apply here.

Conceptio: Tameside College Photography Exhibition

Each year we are lucky enough to work with a fantastic set of photography students from Tameside College. We set them a brief – to use the Museum collection as inspiration for an image to be produced in the darkroom – and every year the cohort deliver us some brilliantly thought-provoking photography that we display in the Museum.

The work from this year has just gone on display on our First Floor Bridge and is looking particularly professional. It will remain on display until the 20th April, so if you can I would recommend popping by to take a look: there’s nothing like viewing the images up close to see the details.

However, if you can’t make it here are some pictures (click to enlarge); Enjoy!

Medicine in Ancient Times: In Action

Check out this short video about our Medicine in Ancient Times workshop that Matthew Moss High School made as part of work on a joint Science and Humanities project looking at medicine through history with their Year 7 students.

To find out more about the workshop, click here. To enquire about making a booking complete our online enquiry form.

Early Years teacher social event at Manchester Museum 23 March 4.30-6pm FREE!

Calling all early years teachers ……..

I would like to invite you to an informal teacher twilight event here at Manchester Museum on Monday 23rd March 4.30pm – 6pm (wine and nibbles included!)

There will be an opportunity to explore the museum, to find out what is on offer for young children and to plan a visit that links to the EYFS curriculum.
Have a look at our short film clip to see some young children exploring our natural history collections!


There is an opportunity to visit our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery which has been redeveloped especially for young children and their adults, using our natural history collections to introduce young children to the variety of nature and to develop an interest in nature.


If you would you like to attend this free event could you please RSVP to let me know of your attendance (and if you would like bring any of your colleagues)

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions and I look forward to meeting you at the museum.

I would also like to make you aware of a training day on Monday 16th March ( 9.30-12.30) I am running jointly with Martenscroft Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Hulme which is about enriching the early years curriculum through visits to creative environments like the museum.
Please see link below for booking details

Elaine Bates

Early Years Coordinator
Manchester Museum
E Mail: elaine.bates Tel: 0161 306 1777

‘Sneak a Peek’ at Museum Learning, it’s awesome!

Here’s a quick peek at some fabulous photography work undertaken by Joe Gardner Photography. Have a look through a selection of our sessions for groups aged from Early Years and Primary to Secondary and Post 16 students, thanks to Joe for the beautiful moments captured with our young museum explorers!

Some of our youngest explorers having their first taste of fun, interactive, cultural education at the museum.

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Learning from objects; handling real Egyptian artefacts!


Hands on learning helps to enrich the study of Ancient Trade.


First hand experience using laboratory equipment.


Thanks again to Joe Gardner.

Watch this space to find out more about the Manchester Museum’s Learning Programme.