Wow! We’re amazed to say that the Primary Learning Programme here at Manchester Museum is now almost booked up for the entire summer term.
We host over 30,000 school pupils every year in the Museum, in our curriculum-linked workshops and in activities led by class teachers themselves. The popularity of our Learning Programme is testament to the hard work of countless people: Learning Team members past and present for developing and delivering the workshops, our Visitor Team for their help in making the visits run so smoothly, and curators for providing inspiring displays and exhibitions.
Unfortunately, we do turn away thousands of children every year because we just don’t have capacity for everyone. Our focus is always on providing an amazing experience for all visitors, and too many bookings can make the building overcrowded and hinder everyone’s enjoyment – including that of our schools.
Luckily, we have a plan! We are currently in a final stages of submitting for HLF funding for our Courtyard Project, which will transform the Museum with a major two-storey extension, a new main entrance, and much-improved visitor facilities inspired by a new ethos of a ‘museum for life.’ It will also enable us to accommodate thousands of extra visitors each year, and help us meet the ever-increasing demand for our Learning programme. Please follow the Learning blog and our Twitter to get the latest information about how building work will affect school visits in the coming years.
We know it will be disappointing that you can’t visit this term. Bookings are now open for September 2017-March 2018, so do get next year’s trip booked in now.
You might also be interested in our Inflatable Museum, an inspiring new outreach offer designed to bring the wonder and curiosity of the Museum to your school hall.
We hope we’ll see you again soon!