The Cultural Explorer Programme

The Offer

 The Cultural Explorer Programme provides a FREE cultural entitlement for all local Year Five/nine year-old learners to engage in an exciting out-of-classroom learning experience in one of our four University Cultural Institutions.

Year Five learners in the university’s most local wards of Ardwick, Hulme, Moss side, rusholme, longsight and City can take part in activities at either, Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, John Ryland’s library or Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Financial assistance is available for all schools requiring it. Please contact us for more information.

As part of The university of Manchester’s commitment to social responsibility, we believe that access to culture and science should be accessible to everyone, regardless of background.

The long term aim is to encourage schools to embed visiting into their curriculum and develop long lasting partnerships with the cultural institutions. Both the schools and the University would like to encourage the parents of the children to revisit and so improve their access to culture and science. As part of their visit, pupils receive a wristband that provides them with access to VIP Cultural Explorer incentives if they revisit a cultural institution of their choice with friends or family.


To find out more you can Download our leaflet or watch our video


To book please visit:

You can find more information on sessions on each venues website
Any further questions:
Tel: 0161 275 8769


Our Cultural Institutions

John Ryland’s library
Inspire your pupils with a unique learning experience at the John rylands library. The library building on Deansgate in the City Centre is a masterpiece of neo-Gothic Victorian architecture and contains one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts.

Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum is home to an array of treasures from the natural world and the many cultures it is home to. Highlights include a T.rex and fossils of other pre-historic creatures, ancient Egyptian artefacts and live amphibians and reptiles.

Manchester Museum is the UK’s largest university museum, hosting a collection of over 4.5 million objects. All of its collections are designated, by the government, as being of national and international importance.

Whitworth art Gallery
Newly re-opened after a £15 million transformation into a 21st century Gallery in the Park, the Whitworth Art Gallery will have more great art on display and new public spaces both indoor and out

Jodrell Bank
The university of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by directly engaging them with science at a major uK research facility. A visit to the Centre includes the opportunity to see the world-famous Lovell Telescope at close quarters and explore exhibitions on astronomy and the science carried out at Jodrell Bank observatory.


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