The Ministry of Lost & Found at Central Library

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Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
The Ministry of Lost and Found at Central Library
Joel Chester-Fildes

The Ministry of Lost & Found at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 14 September 2019, free entry - Find Out More

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.

Last year The Ministry celebrated their 123rd anniversary, and now they return to Manchester’s Central Library for a brand new expedition. Should you wish to accept it, your mission is to unlock the secrets of the most classified department in history.

The Ministry of Lost & Found is a family-friendly afternoon of fun, laughter and exploration. Brought to you from the Producers at Z-arts, the event features some of Manchester’s most experienced children’s theatre performers. Families are invited to join the celebration by picking up a map from the Lost and Found office before starting out on their trek around the vast and beautiful interior of the iconic building.

Henry Watson Music Library in St. Peters square, where the Ministry of Lost and Found event takes place
G-Man via Wikimedia

The mysterious staff from The Ministry will guide the way as you discover the teeniest insects on earth in the performance space, find your house on a giant map in the archives and play hide and seek in the reading room.

Look out for the peculiar and magical characters – Leo Lost, from a long line of losers, Frankie Found, from a fabulous finder family, and help Mr Quaver to find his musical mojo. There will also be juggling, an opportunity to take part in a hula-hooping performance and dressing up, alongside a special treasure hunt. For the makers amongst you, get hands on in the stunning Reading Room, and take home your own craft origami bookmark.

New for 2019 is The Ministry Cellar, the home of lost and unknown creature, Boggo. Families can get involved in this interactive experience, in which they’ll be challenged to find the keys that could unlock the door and lead them to Leo. Can they enter the Cellar without waking Boggo though?

Set in Manchester’s imposing Grade II listed Central Library, The Ministry of Lost and Found promises to be a really special day out for all of the family. With Central Library as the host there will of course be plenty of opportunities to experience the joy of reading with your family. All you need to do is remember your picnic!

The Ministry of Lost & Found at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

14 September 2019
Free entry