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Courtyard Project

Over the next four years, we will be on a journey towards creating the Courtyard extension and you can read all about it on our blog

Courtyard Project

We have received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our Courtyard Project. The project will transform the Museum with a major two-storey extension, a new main entrance, and much-improved visitor facilities inspired by a new ethos of a ‘museum for life.’

We are working with leading architects Purcell to develop ambitious proposals to realise our vision. Work will commence in summer 2018 and reopen in 2020.


The Courtyard Development is driven by Manchester Museum as a ‘museum for life. This will be achieved by improvements to the building accompanied with an ambitious step-change in our public, schools, community and volunteering programmes.


Almost trebling the Museum’s existing capacity, this 450m2 new venue will transform the Museum’s ability to produce, host and tour internationally- significant shows (many of which draw upon cutting-edge University of Manchester research).



Developed in partnership with the British Museum, this 300m2 new gallery will explore the history and culture of South Asia and its relationship with communities in the North West. It will combine world-class sculpture, textiles and other material from the British Museum, together with the very best of Manchester Museum’s own South Asian collections. We have appointed internationally-renowned designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates to realise our vision.


An eye catching street facing entrance will provide a welcoming first impression. Wide-ranging improvements will enrich the experience and comfort of all of our visitors, with particular emphasis on making the Museum a sector-leading exemplar of age-, disability- and dementia-friendly design

Follow our activity and progress on the Courtyard blog
Tell us what you think and join the conversation online using #MMCourtyard
Press enquiries contact alia.ullah@manchester.ac.uk