Social Responsibility


Cultural Explorers Programme

As the first civic university in the UK, we have a long established tradition of encouraging public engagement with cultural collections and in promoting wider understanding of arts and science. We educate and entertain around a million visitors each year to our four cultural institutions.

Access to culture, science and museums still remains the preserve of society’s most advantaged groups. Our Cultural Explorers programme provides a free cultural entitlement for all local year five pupils/nine year-olds to engage in an exciting out-of-classroom learning experience in one of our four University cultural institutions – the Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and The John Rylands Library.

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 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.

Impact of the Cultural Explorers Programme

  • 22 schools have participated in at least 1 year of the programme (95.6% of the target schools).
  • 2,502 students have participated in the programme
  • 12 (52%) have participated every year with 3 new schools participating during 2016/17.

The programme is now taking bookings from schools wishing to visit during the 2017/18 academic year. Schools can find out more by watching this short film, downloading our leaflet or going to the Cultural Explorers webpage.

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