Manchester Museum has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2015 for the project ‘Real Life Science’.

The annual award is given to arts organisations in north-west England who are judged to be regionally distinctive with international or potentially international significance, and who show a high calibre of existing work and can demonstrate exciting future developments.

The Real Life Science programme at Manchester Museum encourages secondary and post-16 students to develop practical investigative skills through an array of science workshops.

This programme uniquely combines practical science with Manchester Museum’s collection and displays, together with the chance to meet scientists from across The University of Manchester.

Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum, commented: “We are delighted to have won the 2015 Lever Prize. This prize will enable us to strengthen our existing secondary and post-16 science programme by showcasing cutting-edge applications of science in industry and inspiring the innovators of the future.

“The opportunity to benefit from the advice and support of the NWBLT will make a huge difference in the future development of this crucial aspect of our work, and we are greatly looking forward to a productive partnership over the course of the coming year.”

Previous winners of the Lever include Liverpool Biennial in 2006, Manchester International Festival in 2007, TATE Liverpool in 2008, The National Football Museum in 2009, FutureEverything in 2010, The Whitworth in 2011, DaDaFest in 2012, Hallé St Peter’s in 2013 and Contact, Manchester in 2014.


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