Manchester Museum is aiming to inspired families with a season of events themed around the natural world this summer.

People’s perceptions of the natural world changed during pandemic1 and now that COVID19 restrictions are easing, the museum wants to remind people how important green spaces and wildlife are to wellbeing.

From 26 July to 29 August Manchester Museum will run the series of events, Force of Nature, celebrating the museum’s collection of over 4.5 million objects.  The collection includes live frogs and lizards, plants, insect specimens and, of course, Stan the T-Rex.

The series includes immersive sound installations, Frogs and Friends storytime, guided craft workshops from paper flower making to origami, nature inspired upcycling sessions, art workshops and a comic creation workshop.

Speaking about the importance of the natural world, Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum said, “During lockdown, our connection to the natural world was given a renewed sense of importance, as many of us sought out green spaces as a place of sanctuary and calm. Force of Nature celebrates the beauty and joy we find in nature and also reminds us that if we continue to love, value and care for it, we can build a more sustainable world.”

Manchester Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-5pm.  All events are free and ticketed and must be booked in advance.