Manchester Museum Living Laboratory: Nature Discovery Garden

Project Details


The University Living Lab is developing the University of Manchester campus as a site for applied teaching and research around sustainability and low carbon. This site provides a platform for collaboration between researchers, students, external sustainability stakeholders and the Directorate of Estates and Facilities to deploy and monitor new technologies and services in real world settings.

Researchers from the Department of Planning and Environmental Management in the School of Environment, Education and Development are working with Estates and the Manchester Museum to develop a nature discovery garden. The project aims to revitalise the former Geology garden, an underused but very public space, into an attractive, multi-functional garden. Designed to provide a haven for urban wildlife, the garden will also provide green space on campus and act as a teaching platform, an additional educational site for the museum.

Funded by the Manchester Museum
Effective start/end date01/10/201530/11/2016


  • Living labs
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Sustainability science
  • Higher education
  • secondary schools
  • museum learning, semiformal learning, inclusive learning environments