Primary school choirs sing their hearts out on our Living Worlds Gallery!

What an amazing achievement! The network choir group have just performed on our Living Worlds Gallery and they were super impressive! The group consists of children from Birchfields, Oswald Road, Crab Lane, Barlow Hall and Claremont primary schools. They have already performed at People’s History Museum this morning and are next off to the Whitworth Art gallery for their grand finale!

A lovely collection of songs about friendship sang with huge hearts and some clever dramatic poses!

We can’t wait to welcome you back here next time. A huge well done to everyone for all the hard work and dedication in making these performances so strong and beautiful.

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Egyptian Worlds: the new ‘Pacy Pyramid Challenge’ league table!

It is 2015 and although some are bemoaning the end of the Christmas period, the beginning of the new spring term is a source of great excitement and anticipation here at the Manchester Museum – Primary schools are coming back to visit us!

And what better way to start the new year than to take a look at last term’s Pacy Pyramid Challenge times on our brand new league table?

The learning team didn’t think it was possible for schools to beat the benchmark set in the last academic year – but last term’s schools exceeded all expectations and all staff at the Manchester Museum have been suitably impressed with the standard of the submitted times. Every class who took part should give themselves a big pat on the back!

The fight for the top spot of the league table has been intense to say the least; the previous record time was broken – TWICE! Remember, the class that has the quickest time at the end of the year will receive a very special prize from the museum – could it be your class?

Here is the leaderboard of the quickest 20 classes so far this year along with their time:

To see the full list of times please visit: .

After a whirlwind first term of Egyptian Worlds workshops, I cannot wait to welcome the new visiting classes and see them tackle the Pacy Pyramid Challenge!

More information on our ‘Egyptian Worlds’ workshop can be found at,

and if you are interested in booking a session please make a booking enquiry at .

Opportunity for Educational Resource Developer at Manchester Museum

Ibis_MM_detailWould you like to help shape a set of digital resources to support Manchester Museum’s upcoming temporary exhibition ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed‘ about the importance of animal mummies in ancient Egypt and the innovative scientific techniques being used to investigate their remains.

We are looking for individuals with educational resource development skills to lead in the creation of a resource park for families and Primary school pupils that will accompany the exhibition across the three venues it will be displayed: Manchester Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and World Museum Liverpool. Applicants can submit expressions of interest for just the content development, or for content and design of the digital resource.

The full brief can be viewed here, and expressions of interest must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 24th June.

For further information on the research the exhibition is linked with visit the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank blog.



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!