Manchester Museum is launching the UK’s first ever inflatable museum.
The Museum, which is part of The University of Manchester, is set to open an inflatable version of itself to help cope with the growing demand for access to its exhibits.
Manchester Museum said that it was “oversubscribed” after receiving visits from 30,000 school children last year. The inflatable will bring the museum experience to school halls across the Greater Manchester region.
Developed in partnership with stage designers and sound artists, the inflatable copy incorporates a performance area, exploratory activity spaces and high quality protection and audio equipment.
Funded with the aid of The Zochonis Charitable Trust, the inflatable museum project is part of a University of Manchester strategy, in which they aim to widen the participation of school children.
The strategy aims to connect young people from some of Greater Manchester’s most disadvantaged areas to the museum’s offerings. One teacher has said that some families are “put off” visiting museums as a result of “feeling intimidated by grand old buildings”.
Emma Martin of Stanley Grove Primary School also said that some juveniles are put off because of “transport costs and not knowing what there is to see”. She added “By bringing the inflatable out to us, it will stimulate curiosity and build a bridge between our community and Manchester Museum”.
The museum opened in 1890 and received its highest number of visitors last year, attracting more than 450,000 people. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Waterhouse, it has become the UK’s largest university museum holding around 4.5 million items, including exhibits from ancient Egypt.
TNT Arts & Culture