Young Adventurers

A free programme of workshops for 11-14 year olds at Manchester Museum


Young Adventurers is a new after-school program, giving young people backstage access to over 100 million years of natural and cultural history. Manchester Museum is opening its doors and collections to Young Adventurers who will spend 6 weeks exploring the museum, curating a cabinet of curiosities, making history, and imagining what the future might hold.

You will join a group of like-minded young people, and work with museum educators and curators, artists and researchers who want to shake up what museums are, and what they might become.

We believe that the perspectives of young people are key to rethinking museums in a world of rapidly changing climates, cultures, and technologies. As humans continue to alter the Earth’s climate and living ecosystems, questions of natural and cultural inheritance become crucial for imagining the future. What have we inherited from the past that has led to climate change and the extinction of species? What would we like future generations to inherit from us?


So, what will I get to do?

  • You’ll join an adventurous team of young people, artists, and researchers
  • There will be healthy snacks and drinks every time you show up
  • You’ll get backstage access to the secret storehouses of Manchester Museum
  • There will be iPads for you to use and other technologies for you to create interactive mappings of the museum
  • You’ll create your own cabinet of curiosities and an exhibit, and will get to design activities for people who come to the museum

But what will I learn?

  • You will learn to think creatively by discovering, designing, and making stuff
  • You will learn to think and work across science, art, design, technology, and English
  • You will learn creative research skills by doing fun things in the Museum

Who will lead the workshops?

We are artists, researchers, and educators from Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Museum:

  • Hannah is Learning Manager at Manchester Museum. She will be joining in and supporting the weekly workshops, as well as organising access behind the scenes and time with curators and other members of the museum’s team.
  • David and Riikka are researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University and they will be leading the Young Adventurers workshops. They have a Lab where they come up with fun ideas and try them out. They are also known for creating projects in collaboration with children and young people that transform museums, galleries, schools, universities, and other public spaces, such as: Local Alternatives and Climate Change and Me


How do I find out more?

Please contact Hannah with any questions:

Who can attend?

Workshops are free, but we have a limited number of spaces so please sign up as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

  • Workshops are for 11-14 year olds (secondary school years 7-9)
  • You will need to be able to get to Manchester Museum by 4pm (at the latest)
  • The workshops will take place from 3.30pm-6pm on the following dates: Thursday 6 June, 13 June, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July, 11 July.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, we will need a parent / guardian / carer to email Hannah who will send a short form to fill in (covering the usual emergency contact details, dietary requirements or allergies (for the snacks!) and any additional information you feel we should know in advance):

The deadline for signing up for the first workshop is noon on Thursday 6 June but we will continue to accept applications until noon on Thursday 13 June for the second workshop onwards.

Please note: because this programme will involve participation in research, you and your parents will need to read, sign, and return a consent form: either print and sign a copy of the form and bring it along to the first workshop, or alternatively, we’ll have printed copies for you to sign on the day.

Young Adventurers