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Relic hunters wanted in Greater Manchester museums

Steve Devine
Column from Ihnasya el Medina at Manchester Museum

Inspired by the CBBC series Relic: Guardians of the Museum, two museums in Greater Manchester are inviting young visitors to become expert relic hunters.

The CBBC show, developed in partnership with the British Museum, is a game show that gives children night to uncover the secrets of a relic held inside the British Museum.

Now, Manchester Museum and Bury Art Gallery, Museum & Archives have set up their own Relic Trails challenging youngsters to solve clues about certain objects e.g.

I am covered in pearls and kingfisher feathers.
I can be worn on your head.
I come from a country beginning with C.

The trails are free and feature objects in the museums' collections that have contributed to the BBC's A History of the World project and website.

Relic: Guardians of the Museum
Be a relic hunter at museums in Manchester and Bury

Memory, reasoning and problem-solving are just some of the skills that families will need as they race against time to become successful relic hunters!

Anna Bunney is Curator of Public Programmes at Manchester Museum.

"The Relic trail involves families solving puzzles and challenges to find out about some of our objects, such as our ancient Egyptian column and our Fishpool money hoard," she said.

"Our visitors have loved it."

Relic Trails in Greater Manchester

You can take part in the Relic Trails at Manchester Museum and Bury Art Gallery, Museum & Archives.

Manchester Museum is open Tues - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun, Mon and Bank hols: 11am - 4pm

Bury Art Gallery, Museum & Archives. is open Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 4.30pm.

  • Manchester Museum is holding A Night at the Museum from 4pm on 15 May which includes a CBBC Relic: Guardians of the Museum tour.


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