Big Saturday and Manchester Mega Mela


The Museum’s plans for consultation for our HLF funded Courtyard Project are really stepping up now, with our first weekend of  public consultation about to take place. We’ve been working hard on structuring the questions we want to ask people and creative ways to engage regular visitors and non-visitors in conversations about our redevelopment –  particularly focusing on temporary exhibitions and our planned British Museum partnership South Asia Gallery.

Big Saturday – 30th July

Big Saturday on 30th July will be on the theme of climate change and links to the Museum’s current temporary exhibition Climate Control. As with any of our popular Big Saturdays there’ll be brilliant things to learn and join in with – including the chance to rebuild a model Manchester.

Alongside all of the Climate Control activities, there’ll also be a dedicated area of consultation activities – 10am to 3pm – in our Fossils gallery, under the ever watchful eye of Stan the T.rex. These activities have been developed over a number of weeks by the Learning and Engagement team and are designed to appeal to all our visitors – from our very youngest to our international visitors on holiday in Manchester. There will be a chance to meet a giant frog and share your thoughts on what makes a great exhibition or memorable visit to the museum, a huge map to tell us about the museums and exhibitions you think are great around the world and even our own version of a well known board game, to help us generate exhibition theme ideas that you really want to see in Manchester. All activities are free and we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see in a future Manchester Museum.

Learning & Engagement Team preparing Big Saturday activities

Manchester Mega Mela – Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July

As well as heaps to do and see in the Museum, we are also taking our consultation activities on the road – down to Platt Fields Park in Rusholme for Manchester Mega Mela. You will be able to find the Museum in the craft tent where we’ll be making butterfly wings and tiger masks. As well as getting busy with our crafts, we will be taking the chance to ask people about our redevelopment- focusing on our new British Museum partnership South Asia Gallery. We particularly want to know what stories people think could feature, what kind of atmosphere the space might have and the types of events and activities there might be. We love going to the Mela for a fun and vibrant weekend – do come along and see us in the craft tent if you’re going  and tell us what you think we could do with our new South Asia Gallery.

Vicky, our Family Programme Coordinator, modelling a prototype of our frog themed head wear – you can make these at Big Saturday

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