Cultural engagement

As a key driver of social development and cultural exchange, we give a distinct priority to our cultural and creative activities.

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Cultural institutions

Each of our unique cultural institutions – the Whitworth, The John Rylands Library, Manchester Museum and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre  focus on building civic, national and international partnerships to advance the social, environmental and individual wellbeing of our communities. These institutions are engaging individuals, civil society organisations, educators, leaders and employers through diverse collections, ideas, objects, events, performances, exhibitions, partnerships and inspirational spaces.

All of our cultural institutions work actively with schools, colleges and prospective students of higher education to provide a place of exchange, inspiration and enjoyment. Our cultural institutions each have their own educational programmes, which are developed and led by specialist staff, and through joint-working with our University's Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team.

Hello Future

Hello Future is an exciting new project to transform and develop Manchester Museum to become more inclusive, imaginative and relevant to the diverse communities in our city region. Over the next three years, we’ll be building a two-storey extension, creating new galleries and a new entrance and shop. The Hello Future transformation includes a new Exhibition Hall, a South Asian Gallery, a Chinese Culture Gallery and a multi-faith space, all due to be completed in 2021. 

Creative Manchester

Creative Manchester connects the University’s School of Arts Languages and Cultures and the cultural institutions to the creative and cultural economy.

Art, music, drama, history and literature enrich our lives and benefit our communities. Creative Manchester is a partner for education, funding, inclusion and promotion, offering stakeholders at every level the chance to get involved in Manchester’s arts and culture. It is uniquely positioned to support the creative industries if they are seeking academic support, student interns, partnership opportunities with world-class venues, a platform within our University community, or funding opportunities.