So, what exactly is The Study?

You may have been following developments for a while. You may have found this blog by mistake. Either way, you’re probably wondering what Manchester Museum’s latest development – The Study, opening on 11 September – is all about. Wonder no more. At its simplest, 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.

Inside The Study, visitors will find a gallery, which opens with photography by West African artist, Nyaba Ouedraogo; a research space, filled with tools, resources and curious objects taken from the museum’s collection; an expanded collections study centre, for in-depth research; new work from Manchester Craft Mafia and an aquaponics installation by the Biospheric Studio, where a fish tank generates the nutrients needed to grow plants – a live research project supported by courses and information for those who want to find out more.

Alongside runs a lively programme of events, talks and workshops aimed at adults that begins in September with events from Manchester Science Festival, the European Researchers’ Night and a “bio-historic banquet” with chef Robert Owen Brown.

Taken as a whole, the different elements of The Study are designed with one thing in mind: to enable all visitors to the museum to think about the world in new ways. The Study is something new, for us, for the museum and for you, our visitors. Join our mailing list now, and see you in September.