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The Manchester Museum Ice Bear moves to University Place

06 Apr 2011

Planet Youth Big Saturday on 9 April


The Manchester Museum Ice Bear

You may have spotted a new addition to the grassed area outside University Place - The Manchester Museum Ice Bear.

The Manchester Museum Ice Bear was previously in Piccadilly Gardens, where on Thurs 31 Mar, ice sculptor Mark Coreth and his team of three sculptors spent six hours carving a four metre long, 2.2 metre high, 10 tonne block of ice into the shape of a life-size polar bear. Over the following few days the bear melted, speeded up by the hands of the many passers by who touched it, to show the effects of climate change and the way human activity is speeding this process up.

The Ice Bear celebrates the upcoming launch of the Museum's new Living Worlds gallery which will explore the connections between all living things, including us, and show how we can all shape the future by the choices we make. Living Worlds opens 14 April 2011.

We would like to thank the Ice Bear Project, CityCo and The Portland by Thistle hotel for their help with the Ice Bear.


Big Saturday
Saturday 9 April / 11am-4pm
Planet Youth

Our Youth Board is taking over this Big Saturday. See below for what they have planned.

  • 11am-4pm: Seed sowing
    Plant your own seeds, take them home and watch them grow.
    Drop-in, free, all ages
  • 11am-4pm: Craft activities
    Colouring in activities and decorate your own pot to plant a seed.
    Drop-in, free, all ages
  • 11am-4pm: Object handling
    Live animals, fossils, rocks and minerals and coins. Learn about young people from history and collecting.
    Drop-in, free, all ages
  • 11am-4pm: Family word trail
    Explore the Museum with our family friendly word trail.
    Drop-in, free, all ages, collect your trail at Information Desk, Floor G
  • 11am-4pm: Recipe swap
    Swap your recipes and take home some of ours. Take a look at the Youth Food Manchester blog for a taster.
    Drop-in, free, all ages
  • 11am-4pm: Time capsule
    Hopes of a future and memories of the past will be preserved forever in our time capsule.
    Drop-in, free, all ages
  • 1-2pm: Debate: Can eating meat ever be as sustainable as vegetarianism?
    3-4pm: Debate: Is exploration of space truly important to our development?
    Drop-in, free, 12+
  • 11.30am-12pm: Magic Carpet
    Book on the day, 5+ and families or carers

To find out more: