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A circus of super sleuths descend on Manchester’s Central Library

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Sherlock Holmes meets the Greatest Showman as The Ministry of Lost & Found bring a day of interactive theatre to Manchester Central Library.

Youngsters are encouraged to become super sleuths for day, joining Frankie Found on a mission to locate Leo Lost. The search takes them on an exploration of the iconic library building where they meet a host of cheekily named characters such as, Fenella von Hoop, Professor Arty Farty Pants and Kabantu Junk Band.

The Ministry of Lost & Found
The Ministry of Lost & Found

Here their circus skills are put to the test with an opportunity to take part in a hula hooping performance; try stilt-walking; create new sounds with the junk orchestra; and we don’t like to ask what the Professor’s workshop involves.

The search for Leo brings more diversions, as the youngsters craft origami in the Reading Room and meet cellar dweller, Boggo. For those who’ve been to a Ministry of Lost & Found event before, the cellar is a new immersive experience where families are be given the challenge of infiltrating the cellar without waking Boggo. The task is to find the golden keys to unlock the door, which could lead them to Leo.


Families are encouraged to join a treasure hunt looking for Leo’s lost items, dress up and play at the Lost & Found office, and lose their inhibitions with the Ministry Minions – a team of young people volunteering at the event. 

Jude Jagger, Creative Producer says:“Free to attend, the event gives families the opportunity to have a wonderfully crazy and curious day in Central Library. My tip for the day is to try and speak to all of the Ministry staff, you never know what joy you might unearth in your investigations!”

Being a library, story time sessions are also on the agenda, along with the opportunity to explore the Children’s Library and get lost in the joy of reading.

THE MINISTRY OF LOST & FOUND is a free event at Manchester Central Library on Saturday 14 September 2019 from 11am-4pm as part of Library Live.

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Written by
Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason