Research Skills

Session Summary

Expand your students’ research skills
Work with a PhD researcher from the University of Manchester to explore how museum objects contribute to research. Students will interrogate the research process and develop their own research plan in response to our collection.

At a glanceSam

Cost:  £50

Duration: 1.5 hours

Subject: Science or Humanities focus

Level: KS4/5

Numbers: 20 max.

Adults: One adult per 15 students

“The knowledge that researching is a complicated process that has to be well planned” – Pupil comment

“I have learnt how to lay out my question when wanting to research a particular topic, and how it links with other topics” – Pupil comment

National Curriculum Links for KS4/5

Links to the History Curriculum
  • Using source material to frame a historical question and using it to make historical claims.
  • Thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, making informed decisions and developing perspective and judgement.
Links to the Science Curriculum
  • Working scientifically to use evidence to create a hypothesis.
  • Deciding on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to answer independent questions.
Links to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development
  • Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Enabling students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public
    institutions and services in England.

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit either our Live Animals gallery (for a Science focus) or our Discovering Archaeology gallery (for a Humanities focus).

If you are planning to spend time exploring other galleries at the Museum before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email


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