The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
What do they do?
The Manchester Museum is committed to helping people explore the natural environment and world cultures. It has one of the largest natural history collections in the UK, some of which can be seen on galleries devoted to the natural environment and people’s relationships with it (Living Worlds); the variety of nature and how collections are used in scientific research (Nature’s Library); an award-winning Vivarium with live tropical frogs and reptiles; a gallery devoted to helping young people explore nature (Nature Discovery); a Fossil Gallery, complete with T rex skeleton cast, a Rocks and Minerals Gallery. There is an allotment in front of the Museum. There are also extensive archaeology and anthropology collections, including some of the finest Ancient Egyptian collections in the UK, which can be seen on three dedicated galleries. Temporary exhibitions explore the natural world and human cultures. Galleries and temporary exhibitions are accompanied by specially developed and tailored programmes for schools, and schools can undertake self-led tours.
What support is offered to Schools?
The Museum has a team of educators who work with teachers and their students on a huge variety of activities to support the National Curriculum, from Nature Explorers and Animal Explorers, in Early Years, The Dinosaur Challenge and Habitats for You for Primary, Enquiring Minds and Real Life Science for KS 3 and 4. Teachers wishing to include museum objects in their teaching should contact the Museum’s Curators and Curatorial Assistants, as it may be possible to borrow objects to use in schools.