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The Ministry of Lost & Found

Pick up a map, it’s time to get lost on a quest around Central Library!

A long, long, time ago, the government commissioned intrepid explorer, Philias Finder, to start The Ministry of Lost & Found – a secret department tasked with protecting the most curious and precious objects ever lost or found.

To celebrate the Ministry’s 123rd anniversary, you’re invited to join in the first-ever lost and found expedition and unlock the secrets of the most classified department in history. Pick up your map from the Lost 
& Found Office and let the mysterious staff from the Ministry lead the way. It’s time to go on a quest around Central Library!

Find your house on a giant map in the Archives, discover the tiniest insects on earth in the Performance Space and play hide and seek in the Reading Room. Look out for Leo Lost, from a long line of losers, Frankie Found, from a fabulous family of finders, and help Mr Quaver, who is feeling low, re-discover his musical mojo. There’ll be juggling, hula-hooping and dressing up too, not forgetting storytime, crafting and a treasure hunt for you.
 See and do, make and play, remember your picnic and stay for the day. We look forward to welcoming you to The Ministry of Lost & Found.

Age range: 0-11 years

Free event, no need to book*

*Some activities have limited capacity and require booking on the day at the venue

The Ministry is committed to ensuring a more accessible and enjoyable experience for visitors with additional needs or with specific requirements. We have tried to make our activities as accessible as possible and have provided extra information on what each activity includes on the brochure for the day. If you have any questions about accessibility at the Ministry, please don’t hesitate to email jude@z-arts.org.

The Ministry of Lost & Found is a commissioned by Library Live | Creative Partners: Z-arts and Manchester Art Gallery | Commissioning Partners: Arts Council England, Manchester City Council, Manchester Central Library Development Trust, The Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Granada Foundation, GMCA, Greater Manchester Arts