Archeologist studying and cleaning antique vessel.

Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tours: Humanities



Audience AdultsSuitable for all

We’ve got a whole host of exciting labs and workshops tucked away in the Faculty of Humanities – and this is your unique chance to explore.

Delve into the fascinating worlds of geography, architecture, archaeology and more!

Please see individual descriptions below for any age restrictions.

Arthur Lewis Building

Geography Labs

What, and how, can we learn about changes to our Earth system in the past? Have great forests expanded and contracted? Which parts of the Earth’s surface have periodically been covered in ice?

And what does all this mean for the way humans have interacted with our environment through many thousands of years?

Search for the answers to these questions – and more – with our captivating Geography Labs tour.

Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

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Archaeology Demonstration

Step into the past with archaeology – and an opportunity to discover some (very) old techniques!

What is a prehistoric flint scraper and how do you make one? In the morning sessions you’ll be led through the process of making scrapers – and then get the chance to try them out. The afternoon sessions will focus on making prehistoric cordage, followed by replicating your own Mesolithic Star Carr type pendant.

This activity is not suitable for children.

Making a Prehistoric Scraper

Times: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am

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Making a Mesolithic Pendant

Times: 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm

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Humanities Bridgeford Street

Architecture B15 Model Making Workshop

The B.15 model making workshop is a unique studio space that serves all Manchester School of Architecture courses – and now you can come and check out the traditional and contemporary tools and equipment they use.

See 3D printers and CNC machines in action, have a go with a laser cutter and hear from the experienced workshop team on working with students to turn their ideas into design models.

Times: 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm

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Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS)

AMBS – Second floor, Booth Street West

Data Visualisation Observatory

Are you working with complex models and multidimensional data? Perhaps you want to immerse a target group of users in a synthetic controlled environment to observe their behaviour?

The first of its kind in the UK, the new large-scale visualisation facility at Alliance Manchester Business School offers interactive 3D visualisation of data and virtual reality-style immersive worlds. In this special session, you’ll receive a tour of the facility and discover the different ways it can be used for research, student projects, ‘crisis room’ group decision-making and teaching.

Ages 18+ only

Times: 9am, 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am

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