Museocycle

Welcome to Museocycle – our museum-focused recycling scheme encouraging North West museums to give away unwanted display, storage and other equipment to other museums, to avoid material going to landfill.

The types of material that can be listed include display cases, plan chests, shop fittings, stores racking, display boards, events/cafe tables, storage boxes, exhibition plinths etc. Whilst they may not be in pristine condition, they do have to be of sufficient quality for another museum to be able to use them.

To submit an item to be listed, please complete this form and send to Bria Cotton, bria.cotton@manchester.ac.uk. By completing the form you agree to our terms of use. We reserve the right to not advertise any listings we deem inappropriate.


Items on Offer

Retro Display Cabinet – South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre

Description: Retro display case – unlocked however no keys available, you may be able to fit a new lock. Item available immediately – must be collected before July due to building works. Collection only from Leyland. 
Display case has been in storage and advise a deep clean. 

Dimensions approx. : 
Total height including legs: 119.5 cm 
Case height: 44 cm 
Width: 154 cm 
Depth: 76cm  

Date added: 13th June 2022

Contact: Abi Hudson – Abigail.Hudson@southribble.gov.uk 


Large Transport Crate – Whitworth Art Gallery

Transport Crate

Description: A large crate (exterior dimensions H: 2040mm W: 1150mm D: 1100mm) suitable for transport of large sculpture or similar. Constructed from 18mm marine ply with plastazote padding and timber battens. The crate will be available for collection from the Gallery (Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER) from Thursday 9th June to Friday 17th June.

Date added: 1st June 2022

Contact: Lou Ashon – louise.ashon@manchester.ac.uk


Wall display cases – Manchester Museum

Wall display cases

Description: Two display cases available, similar to the image above. Both cases were fitted to a stud wall in-between them so are ideal as wall cases. All the lighting is fibre optic and is plugged in from above. All the locks are Abloy specifications, but recipients would need some keys cutting for them. The plinths can be adapted to take silica gel compartments. 

Case A 4495mm length. This is an L-shaped case the end part being 1010mm deep x 900mm width x 2905mm overall height, this being made up by the plinths 435mm height and the carcase/doors 2460mm height. The main case body depth is 600mm. One end is a solid end and one glass.

Case B 2460mm length x 600mm depth x 2905mm overall height, again this is made up by the plinth 435mm height and the carcase/doors 2460mm height. Both ends are glass.

Date added: 28 March 2022

Contact: John Miller – John.Miller@manchester.ac.uk


Storage/transport cases – Manchester Museum

Transport case

Description: 10 storage/transport cases of various sizes. Dimensions and images of each are here –


Date added: 7 February 2022

Contact: John Miller – John.Miller@manchester.ac.uk


Display cases – Manchester Museum

Description: Two desktop display cases, one 1600 L x 655 W x 1420 H, one 2400 L x 800 W x 1200 H (mm)

Date added: 7 February 2022

Contact: John Miller – John.Miller@manchester.ac.uk


Dividing walls – Manchester Museum

Wooden dividing walls

Description: Wooden dividing walls, parts screw together, enough parts available to put together a full room set

Date added: 7 February 2022

Contact: John Miller – John.Miller@manchester.ac.uk


If you cannot find a taker for items or what you want here, you may want to look at Museum Freecycle (https://www.freecycle.org/town/MuseumUK) which also has listings although they are predominantly London-based. Museocycle is to experiment with a purely local offer to make the logistics (and costs) of giving away, and finding, material more realistic.





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