Manchester Museum mindfulness colouring Activity

At Manchester Museum we have worked with artist Lucy Burscough to take inspiration from our Botany collection to create these colouring sheets.

You don’t have to be an expert artist to colour! If you’re looking for an uplifting way to unwind after a stressful day, colouring will do the trick. The Museums herbarium sheets fade over time so we invite you let your imagination go and colour in the sheets.

Research suggests that mindful colouring can provide numerous benefits for all ages. Along with the chance to relax and refocus, it can: Help lift your mood, decrease anxiety and stress, improve focus and in some case improve sleep. It allows us to switch off and focus on the moment.

Materials: Colouring Pencils or pens

click on the colouring sheets to directly download a printable version.

The Parrot tulip and the horse chestnut are from Leo Grindon’s collections; one from Mr Brockhurst’s Garden in Didsbury, and the other from Chatsworth House. Leopold Hartley Grindon (28 March 1818 – 1904) was an educator and botanist. He was a pioneer in adult education and his collection of plants, related botanical drawings and writings, formed an important collection within the herbarium at Manchester Museum. Leo would have used the tulip and horse chestnut in talks and tutorials, encouraging people to take notice of the plants round them.

The sycamore was collected by Charles Bailey, as a young man in his 20s, after being inspired to take up botany after an evening class at the University of Manchester (Owen’s College).

In later life both men write about how their collections serve as a physical reminder of friendships, summer adventures and places they’ve seen.