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Mission and values

Our mission and values drive everything we do.

Our mission is to build understanding between cultures and a more sustainable world, and we are driven by our values to be inclusive, imaginative and caring.  

A commitment to inclusion means greater collaboration and co-production, and foregrounding diverse perspectives, so that we are relevant to the communities we serve. 

A commitment to imagination means engaging with big ideas, bringing people together to tell stories and explore important questions and research.  

A commitment to care means caring for people, their ideas and relationships, as well as objects, so that we might build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.  

We hope you will see this in action across the whole museum and in our work beyond the museum walls.

What action are we taking

Find out about some of our projects to support communities

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As one of the UK’s largest university museums, we care for over 4.5 million objects, with an internationally-important collection spanning from Archaeology to Zoology, and nearly everything in between. We work with communities, support university students and schools in Manchester and beyond and we are a free, inclusive museum for all. But we need your help. Every object we care for, exhibition, school visit and community event comes at a cost, and you can help make the museum as ambitious and impactful as possible.