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Treasure Big Sat

August 5, 2015

Thanks to MattHitchcock from the University of Manchester Archaeology Society, whose written a guest post for us about our most recent Big Sat. Matt volunteered on the day, to help out with object handling.

Big Sat Treasure – Saturday 1 August

Last Saturday saw Manchester Museum hold its most recent Big Saturday – with the theme of Treasure. The aim is to engage members of the public, particularly families with children, with the more wondrous elements of the museum’s collection. Treasure can be interpreted in a variety of ways and the idea was to encourage younger museum-goers to discover the object or objects which were the most special, exciting and fantastic to them.

The Discovery Centre was at the hub of the event, with a wide range of activities on offer. Young treasure-hunters were making their own explorer hats and binoculars so to be well-equipped and ‘wonder jars’ filled with fantastic creatures and scenery.

Elsewhere clay ‘pottery-making’ was on offer, with a tutorial on Greek and Roman styles, although of course many new pot-styles were invented. An object handling table with objects from the natural history, anthropology and archaeology collections where explorers could get hands-on with the magnifying-glasses was also popular, together with a slide-show about how archaeological ‘treasure’ gets from the ground to the museum collections. After some creativity, explorers were given a treasure map in order to find a particular museum object on each floor, with a space on the back to draw the museum object which was most special to them.

The event was busy and bustling with a fantastic turnout, loads of great creations and adults as engaged with the activities as the children.

Here’s a comment from one of our visitors.

‘I was surprised by everything. A great day out for the family’

The next Big Saturday is Bees and Butterfiles on Saturday 26September.

Matt Hitchcock

UoM ArchSoc Museum Liaison

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