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Early Years work longlisted for The Clore Award for Museum Learning 2012

15 Feb

On the move, Withworth Art Gallery

The Manchester Early Years Partnership is delighted to have been longlisted for the Clore Museum Learning Award.  Supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation and Art Fund, the Award celebrates quality museum and gallery learning with children and young people (from early years up to the age of 25) in any setting, in or out of school/college. It recognises achievements in learning programmes which develop the skills, knowledge, values and enjoyment of the participants.  The single award of £10,000 will be presented in June 2012 .

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries and Manchester Museum (The Manchester Early Years partnership) are working together to develop social, imaginative and playful ways to engage early years children, practitioners and parents. Project strands include;
Participatory early years learning programmes
Targeted partnership programme with providers
Culturebaby; early intervention with under 2s.

‘The early years partnership work that has taken place in Manchester has been an exciting and innovative collaboration that has had significant impact on early years practitioners, children and their families in Manchester.’

Sarah Murray
(Former Strategic Lead Early Years, Manchester City Council)

The shortlist will be announced on May 14 2012

For more information on the award and the longlist visit


The Next Steps

21 Dec

Thank you

The CultureBaby team would like to say a big Thank you for attending, or expressing an interest in, the seminar at  Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester on 23 November. We have had very positive feedback and we want to let you know how we are planning to take the work forward and share it with you we will update this blog until the new one is launched, so keep checking back

Our plans for 2012…..

Countdown to the new early year’s blog
We will be launching a new blog in early 2012, with a new name and branding for all the early years programmes (including 0-2 practice) that  we run  across Whitworth Art Gallery , Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Sharing our evaluation from 0-2 pilot activities
Liz and Sara Mair from Mair Health and Mair Education are currently evaluating the drop in and targeted activity sessions we are running at  Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum. We will share their findings with you on the new blog.

Follow up event summer 2012; 0-2 best practice sharing workshops
In your feedback, many of you have asked for a follow up event which facilitates the sharing of best practice with very young children and parents. We are also aware that many of you very kindly offered to speak at our event in November but we could not accommodate you, therefore we are planning to host a follow up event in summer 2012 which will focus on examples of good practice across arts and cultural organisations. We will contact you via email and on our blog when we have a date and venue, but in the meantime please feel free to contact us if you are interested in sharing your practice or leave us a message below.

Images from CultureBaby

13 Dec

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5 Dec

CultureBaby Vox Pops

1 Dec

For those of you who attended the seminar last week, you may have found yourself being filmed as part of the day.  This film was shown at the end of the seminar and is shown below.  Enjoy!

Thank you

29 Nov

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the CultureBaby seminar last Wednesday, and special thanks to our speakers and panel members.

We hope you had a great day and took away some useful ideas and information.

Check back here to see film footage from the day, which we’ll be uploading shortly, and feel free to comment on any of the posts.


1 day to go!

22 Nov


With only one day to go until the CultureBaby seminar, we’re getting very excited here and are really looking forward to meeting you and listening to some lively discussions.

If you are a tweeter, our hashtag is #culturebaby, and you can follow comments on the day using our Twitterfall.

Remember, registration will be between 10-11am, so there is plenty of time for you to have a cuppa and visit the Dark Matters exhibition before the seminar kicks off.

If you need help with public transport, the TFGM website is full of information and advice, and also has a very handy journey planner. Parking is limited near the Whitworth Art Gallery so we do advise you use public transport. The nearest rail station is Oxford Road, which you can connect to from Manchester Piccadilly. If you are taking the bus (which there are hundreds of), the bus stop nearest to the gallery is Whitworth Park.

If you have any other transport queries please contact the Whitworth Art Gallery on 0161 275 7450.

Address: Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Have a safe journey to Manchester and see you tomorrow!