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The Cultural Explorers Programme

The University of Manchester has worked closely with its neighbouring primary schools since 2014 though the Cultural Explorers Programme.

The Cultural Explorers Programme has funded opportunities for over 4,000 pupils to visit the university’s cultural venues - Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, and John Rylands Research Institute and Library - at a value of £500 per class.

New Developments

In 2019-20, we’ll be piloting a new version of the Cultural Explorers Programme that will provide a unique opportunity exclusively for these schools. The new offer will aim to enable both teachers and children to develop a deeper understanding of their local culture, science and heritage; will involve in-depth work with a local artist, and will culminate in a celebratory event at the University of Manchester’s annual Community Festival in June.

The new programme - expected to be ready for 2020-21 - will also link to the Sustainable Development Goals, helping children to use their voice and take action for people and for the planet.

Be the first to find out when the new offer is ready for booking by signing up to the mailing list.

Transitional Subsidy in 2019-2020

For 2019-20 only, we will be able to offer subsidies for some regular visits to the four University of Manchester cultural venues for the Cultural Explorer Schools (primary schools in Longsight, Ardwick, Moss Side, Hulme and Rusholme wards).

These will be paid via invoice, only if you book via this enquiry form.

Subsidies are limited so please book as early as you can!

Subsidies available are as follows:

  • Manchester Museum offer: £150 travel bursary per class for a self-led visit OR a free Inflatable Museum visit to your school
  • Whitworth Art Gallery offer: 1 free workshop per class
  • John Rylands Research Institute and Library offer: £150 travel bursary per class (workshops are free as standard)
  • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre offer: £150 per class off the cost of admission