An "Inflatable Museum" is about to be launched in Greater Manchester with the aim of bringing exhibits and educational programmes to schools in disadvantaged districts of the city.
The museum is an initiative of the Manchester Museum, which is itself part of the University of Manchester.
It is transportable in a van, can be blown up in under half an hour and can accommodate a full school class. It incorporates moveable cabinets, a large open presentation area and high definition projection equipment.
Nick Merriman, the director of Manchester Museum, said: "Manchester Museum has the oldest continuous free museum education programme in the UK, and we are delighted to move it into its next phase with our Inflatable Museum. It will allow the museum to meet the demand for our oversubscribed schools programme in a fun and accessible way."
Each year the Manchester Museum offers interactive "out of school" cultural and learning experiences to about 25,000 early years and primary pupils, and 5,000 secondary and post-16 students from across Greater Manchester.
The development of the new outreach programme is "essential to growing the museum’s reach further".
The project is funded by The Zochonis Charitable Trust.
Images via the Manchester Museum