Social Responsibility

Cultural Explorers Program

The Cultural Explorers Programme, aims to provide access to four of the University’s cultural institutions for all 9 year olds from the primary schools located in Ardwick, Hulme, Moss Side, Rusholme and Longsight. Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, John Rylands Library Deansgate and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre are working together to develop an inspiring out-of-classroom learning experience for these local primary schools.

The programme was launched in July 2014 with school visits taking place between November 2014 – May 2015, during this time 363 children visited as part of the programme. Schools were given priority to book one of eight sessions using the objects and stories in the cultural institutions. They are supported by University students volunteering as part of the Manchester Leadership Programme. The students will accompany the class on their visit and will go back into school to work with the teacher and children on a creative follow-up activity.

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.

The programme is now taking bookings from schools wishing to visit during the 2015/16 academic year. Schools can find out more by downloading our leaflet or going to the Cultural Explorers webpage.

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