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The Top Floor

An environmental action and social justice hub. 

What is the Top Floor?

Open to public visitors 2-4pm Tuesday - Saturday

The Top Floor is a space for people to come together to learn, share ideas, build community, and make plans. You’ll find education groups, charities, artists, writers, social enterprises, staff, and students working collaboratively with a shared commitment to environmental and social justice.

Manchester Museum is registered as a specialist education provider and a charity. We are committed to supporting people to take action on the issues they care about and together move towards a more fair and sustainable future for Manchester and beyond.

You’ll find education groups, charities, artists, writers, social enterprises, staff and students working collaboratively with a shared commitment to environmental and social justice.   

Together we care for the collections, people and important social issues and promote engaging in cultural activity to improve the mental health of people in our communities. 

The Top Floor includes flexible and dynamic spaces prioritised for the use of our co-working partners and events and activities programmed in partnership between Manchester Museum and our communities. 

These include a classroom, seminar room, lounge, greenhouse, artist studio, therapy room, co-working desks, and a creative workshop space. We are also home to Pinc, a Specialist College for Creative Education.

For more information about the Top Floor please contact  topfloorMM@manchester.ac.uk 

Top Floor spaces

The therapy Room

A quiet space for wellbeing and therapy sessions. We work with the national i-THRIVE programme and supports a range of occupational therapy placements.  

Seminar Room 

A small, private learning space for up to 10 people. 

Classroom 

A flexible learning space for a range of activities for everyone. 

Lounge

A place to meet, chat and relax. 

Greenhouse

Housing a collection of living plants, the greenhouse provides inspiration and a unique setting for taking care of our natural world.  

Artist Studio

We support artists to make new connections and collaborations through our collections, partners, and communities. Our current artist-in-residence is Lucy Burscough 

Pinc College 

The Top Floor is a base for Pinc College, a specialist college for creative education that specialises in supporting neurodivergent young people aged 16-25. 

Workshop 

Used regularly by Pinc to facilitate art and design sessions, the workshop is a dynamic space for hands-on creativity.  

Co-Working desks

Practical workstations used by a range of staff, students and partner organisations with shared values to work and collaborate in a unique and inspiring setting. Co-workers also benefit from regular opportunities to network and collaborate. 

Well Cases 

A curated display which showcases some of the diverse learning and engagement work supported by Manchester Museum and our partners.  

Working on the The Top Floor

For enquiries about partner working and access to the Top Floor please email topfloorMM@manchester.ac.uk

Collaborators

Meet some of our partners working on the Top Floor

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