A guest post from Kate, Volunteer Coordinator at Manchester Museum, about our Big Saturday held on 30th July. Look out for more consultation events this Autumn, including a Big Saturday dedicated to South Asia on 24th September.
On Saturday 30 July, the Learning and Engagement team put their consultation ideas into practice with a day of wonderfully engaging activities. The day – a Big Saturday linked to our Climate Control exhibition – attracted over 500 people and gave us the perfect opportunity to tell people about our exciting plans. We spoke to visitors of all ages and from around the world giving them the opportunity to share their thoughts and help shape our plans.
We wanted to find out what makes a memorable visit to a museum, what people’s favourite Museums and galleries are and blockbuster exhibitions people would like to see in Manchester. The team had worked hard to make the activities creative and suitable for all our audiences. So – we had a giant frog running activities for younger children asking what would make them ‘jump’ at the chance to come back to the Museum and curators using pieces of cheese (a bespoke Manchester Museum Trivial Pursuit board, no less) to get people to come up with ideas for temporary exhibitions.
It really was a fun and inspiring day, it was particularly heart-warming to chat to so many regular families and tell them that their favourite Museum is about to get even better! Thanks to everyone who was involved and we are very sorry to the little boy who wanted take the giant frog home…
Volunteer Coordinator at Manchester Museum