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Pigs Bladder Fun At National Football Museum

Have a ball and make a ball this Sunday

Published on October 10th 2012.

Pigs Bladder Fun At National Football Museum

EVER wanted to see how footballs have developed over the years? A workshop is being staged at Manchester’s National Football Museum where visitors can see how original footballs were manufactured. 

People can even join in making them – using a pig’s bladder. 

The event is open to 20 people, and costs £5 per head for the session (including the ball). 

The unusual and experimental workshop is being run by artist John O’Shea (not the ex-United player) and, during the workshop, the origins of the national game will be examined plus there will be a screening of ‘Uppies and Downies’, a short film which documents the Workington mob football tradition. 

Each of the new ‘organic footballs’ created at the event will be professionally photographed and exhibited at the museum for a period, after which, participants are welcome to collect their ball. 

The event takes place on Sunday 14 October between noon and 4pm. The National Football Museum, Urbis, Cathedral Gardens. M4 3BG. 0161 605 8200. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm. 



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