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Community partnerships

Find out about opportunities to work in partnership with us to connect with people and communities across the region.

Our Community Partnerships team work to create opportunities for community voices to shape our content, strengthen our inclusive practice, and support people to feel more welcome, included and represented in our museum and the wider worlds of science and industry.

We deliver a range of activities, events and projects with and for people who have historically been excluded from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


City Sparks is our annual programme of co-produced activities. Each year we will work with a range of partners to spark and explore the next generation of world-changing ideas, culminating in a vibrant holiday programme each October. Each year we will have a range of paid opportunities to partner with us and help make this happen.   

It is designed to:  

  • Connect people with historic collections and cutting-edge research to delight and inspire. 
  • Seed innovative partnerships that challenge pre-conceptions of STEM and highlight the impact it has on all our lives. 
  • Unlock the potential of a curious and questioning mindset and the agency we all have to shape the world.

Manchester Science Festival

Creative Residency and Community Showcases

Manchester Science Festival is a 10-day celebration of science and ideas that inspire people to shape our world.  

We are looking for people to develop and deliver exciting projects that centre the interests of community groups and enable community-based activity in response to this year’s festival theme of 'extremes'.  

There are two opportunities on offer: Creative Residency and Community Showcases.

The projects will be supported by our Community Partnerships Team as part of our City Sparks Programme. The application packs are below.  

If you would like to submit your responses via a different method that works better for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

We also welcome video or voice recorded applications.