Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

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Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections is a museum, gallery and reading room and is open to the public to browse or research the unique collections, attend an event or to see our exhibitions.

The Special Collections Gallery features 3 exhibitions a year, showcasing our collections and artwork by regional and internationally acclaimed artists. We also have a programme of events each year including talks, workshops and tours.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00
Term Time only:
Thursday 10.00-19.00
Satuday 12.00-16.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission charges

Free Admission

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Photograph of soldiers from the First World War with buttons sewn over their faces

The Lost Boys: Remembering the boy soldiers of the First World War

  • 22 June — 26 August 2016 *on now

At the outbreak of World War 1, the legal age limit for armed service overseas in the British Army was 19 years, yet by the end of the war an estimated 250,000 underage soldiers between the ages of 14 and 18 had seen active service.

An interdisciplinary research team from Manchester Metropolitan University has worked in association with The Clay Foundation, Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Museums Strategic Consortium to engage young volunteers as both researchers and makers. The Lost Boys: remembering the boy soldiers of the First World War uses the commemorative qualities of ceramics to examine the issue of underage soldiers in the First World War, and to raise public awareness of their contribution.

The project was funded through an Arts and Humanities Research Council Voices of War and Peace community engagement award, and built on the Arts Council England Resonance touring exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Sir Kenneth Green Library
All Saints
Greater Manchester
M15 6BH




0161 247 6107

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