On the weekend of 30th and 31st July, the Manchester Museum held a stall in the craft marquee at the amazing Manchester Mega Mela which took place at Platt Fields Park. The Mela is a celebration of South Asian Arts, Music and Culture which takes place every year, it’s incredibly popular attracting a large audience of all ages. The Museums Youth board supported the event which included craft activities and gave us an opportunity to talk to visitors about the new courtyard development at the Museum. We all held different roles, with half of us on the arts and crafts stall and half doing surveys and giving brief explanations on the new South Asian gallery that will be part of the courtyard development, opening in 2020.
Inspired by the Museum’s collection of South Asian animals, which included an Indian Leaf Butterfly and a Tiger skull, a lot of children loved making the butterfly wings and tiger ears. Many members of the public we spoke to were happy to fill in the brief survey which asks for suggestions and opinions of the community in regards to the South Asian exhibition. This was extremely useful for giving us an insight into how to help make the new exhibition meaningful and enjoyable for the public.
Overall it was an entertaining yet tiring weekend experience, for both the Youth Board and the Museum staff and volunteers.
If you’d like to know more about the Courtyard project you can keep in touch through the courtyard blog. https://courtyardprojectmm.wordpress.com/
Please keep up to date with the youth board as we will be involved in more activities to share with you soon!