Big ideas. Singular collaborations. Strange and wonderful things. Exhibitions and events with some of the most interesting people we know. And somewhere that brings them all together. Explore life, the universe and everything at The Study, Manchester’s space for new thinking.
We wouldn’t have been able to create The Study without the support of all our partner organisations and sponsors – thank you.
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Who is The Study for?
The Study is for the curious, the makers, the searchers and the sharers. Everyone is welcome.
What is The Study?
The Study is a reworking of the entire top floor of our historic Grade II* – listed building, which has been reimagined as a space designed to spark wonder, curiosity and a passion for research in all our visitors. Here, you can use our collection and our tools, spaces and resources to pursue your own curiosity and research. We believe everyone has something to research from comic books to crustaceans, and whether you come empty handed or bring something to explore, The Study has everything you need to get going.
Spaces and Facilities
Designed by BKD with Wilson Mason Architects, The Study is full of beautiful spaces. Read more about BKD’s design for the space on our blog.
Come and see cutting edge exhibitions with research at their heart.
Collections Study Centre
Take your research further by using our specialist collection and research facilities to get close up to our objects. Booking is essential.
Discover some of the museum’s most curious objects, and use them as the jumping off point for research or creative development.
Bring your own objects in (within reason!) or use ours to further your investigations and research. Book our high spec video microscope to examine objects in detail. Use our I.D. reference objects, suggested reads or expert tips to find out more. Make the most of our opportunities to talk to a specialist or attend expert led events.
A quieter space in which to reflect and consider. Find out about current campaigns and interesting groups related to what’s on at The Study, or just take a break and enjoy the view.
A space that’s all about making. – from crochet to coding. Book out the Make Table for your own crafting event or take part in one of ours. Simple crafting is always available; just use our reference books or be inspired by some of the Museum’s ancient crafts to make your own. This space is made in collaboration with Manchester Craft Mafia.
Whether you want to leave a comment, take part in a lightning talk about your research, recommend a read or see what’s happening online, this is the space has the space for you.
It’s not round, it’s actually octagonal. Use our lovely table to come together with a group to debate or share your research. Booking essential.
Our amazing closed ecological system, takes nutrients from the waste products of fish to feed the the plants growing in an aquaponics system. Experimenting with the idea of growing crops in urban environments, find out more about new sustainable food technologies.
Where is The Study?
The Study is on the third floor of the 1885 Alfred Waterhouse building of Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester.
The Study is a collaborative space and has benefited from the expertise of:
Manchester Craft Mafia – http://www.manchestercraftmafia.co.uk/
Thank you to our generous funders without whom we couldn’t have made The Study.
- DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
- Arts Council England
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- Mercers’ Charitable Foundation