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Special Educational Needs and Disability

 All of the resources developed for our programmes are created with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in mind.

Anything with text is editable so that educators can edit font, size, colour or content to suit their group.  Pupils with SEND are welcome at all activities – contact us to discuss any adjustments or requirements you may have.

phone: 0161 275 2648


You can go to our Visit pages for information about the accessibility of Manchester Museum.

We are planning launch a specialist programme for pupils with SEND in autumn/winter 2023 at the same time as our main taught programme.

The museum is home to Pinc College. Find out more.

Digital Touch Replicas

We’ve worked collaboratively with students from Grange School, a local school for autism, and Pinc College, a specialist college for creative education, to create Digital Touch Replicas (DTR)  for the museum’s Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition.

Digital Touch Replicas are physical objects that can be explored by touch. Feeling different areas of the surface triggers hidden electronics, which in turn plays information relating to the area on a screen or tablet. Physical interaction with objects is particularly important for visitors with sensory impairments and for those who need to make physical connections with objects to make sense of them.

This DTR technology, which aims to make museums more accessible, is based on research by Sam Beath, Senior Conservator at Manchester Museum, as part of a PHD at Loughborough University.


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