Inspired by Manchester Museum’s Vivarium, this month’s book club is ‘The Aye Aye and I’ by Gerald Durrell. Meet in the Museum café at 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 March.
You can find out Gerald Durrell’s work and Aye Aye at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation website.
‘ In the gloom it came along the branches towards me, its round, hypnotic eyes blazing, its spoon-like ears turning to and fro independently like radar dishes . . . it was Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky come to life . . . one of the most incredible creatures I had ever been privileged to meet.’
The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is home to woodlice the size of golf balls, moths the size of Regency fans and the Aye-Aye, a type of lemur held by local superstion to be an omen of death. But when Gerald Durrell visited the island, the destruction of the forests meant that the Aye-Aye and many other unique creatures were in danger of extinction.
In his unique travel log, Durrell recalls hopping over rickety bridges, tasting exotic foods and close encounters with the world’s deadliest animals – all of which he takes in his stride. Collecting a few scrapes along the way, Durrell’s quest proves worthwhile as he finally glimpses the elusive primate and brings it back to his breeding sanctuary in Jersey.
Told with his unique sense of humour and inimitable charm, Gerald Durrell’s The Aye Aye and I is the final adventure from one Britain’s best loved conservationists.
The Body Experience and Manchester Minute Microlectures at Manchester Museum – Saturday 15 March 11am- 4pm
Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester are celebrating Natioanl Science and Engineering week with the return of The Body Experience
Sat 15 March, 11am-4pm
Come and explore the human body with scientists from Life Sciences and Human & Medical Sciences at The University of Manchester. Collect your ‘passport’ and travel around the human body from top to toe. Learn how the brain communicates with all the different organs in your body and how it controls your senses. See how the heart works and how your lungs help you breathe. Explore the wonder of the human spine and perform your very own surgery! Travel through your gut and learn about (and see) the bugs that can infect it. Collect your passport in the reception area and start your very own ‘Body Experience’.
Manchester Minute Microlectures The M-cubed (Manchester Minute Microlectures) event is being held to highlight biomedical research to the public. A team of researchers will be explaining aspects of their work in just one minute. They will inspire and amaze us with the important research being done within The University of Manchester. These talks will start at 1pm in the Museum’s Discovery Centre and will be followed by coffee and cake so you can chat to the researchers afterwards to find out more. Click here to see previous films.
Drop-in, free, suitable for children aged 8+
Also on Sunday 16 or Sunday 23 March there is National Science & Engineering Week Scouts’ Science Day
Join us at the Manchester Museum for an exciting day of science experiments and activities for Manchester scout groups – from extracting DNA from a strawberry, to making head phones from plastic cups.
Date: Sunday 16th March or Sunday 23rd March 2014
Venue: Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd., Manchester, M13 9PL
Click here for more information and how to book.
Tuesday 4 March 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Wednesday 12 March 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL
Thursday 20 March 6.30-8 p.m at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL
Join us to practise your English speaking and listening skills. It’s a free English conversation class for anyone wanting to improve their English.
No need to book, just turn up! Please meet at the gallery/museum information point. People are welcome to attend as many sessions as they would like.
Here’s some feedback from the last English Corner…
‘I’ve found this English Corner conversation really helpful, I learnt new English vocabulary and also about art and people’s feelings about the art exhibition’.
Please note, We welcome groups but you must book. If you’d like to come to English Corner as a group, please contact me to book a slot. We allow one group of up to 10 learners to attend each session. Individual learners are very welcome to all sessions.
The theme for English Corner at Manchester Museum on 4 March is Nature.
Connecting Communities and Coral – Wonder Women
Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Manchester Museum, meet artists Lucy Burscough, Rachael Elwell and Nicky Colclough, as they discuss their artistic practice, and female influences past and present; and their current work at Manchester Museum which is part of the Coral; Something Rich & Strange exhibition. Enjoy drop-in workshops with demonstrations from: Lucy Burscough, 1pm – she paints people. They inspire her to put paint to canvas. She is interested in them as fellow human beings, in their families, backgrounds, histories and experiences that each shape the figure they are at the moment they sit for her. Her scrupulous style of painting means that she never loose sight of the fact that she is a painter of incredibly stunning corporeal animals.
Rachael Elwell, 2pm – her drawings explore the perceptual connections between line, form and space through contemporary drawing processes. Her work focuses on the relationship between chance as an essential dimension of art, and an interest in control and structure in the composition of image making.
Nicky Colclough, 3pm – a visual artist and creative practitioner working in community settings, creative education and arts in health. She likes to play, push and experiment with lots of different materials and ideas. The event is part of the Wonder Women series of events.
Thanks to Patricia, Rachel, Bernard, Scott and Anna for their time in our Allotment today, Friday 28 Feb. We’ve cleared up another big pile of leaves and sorted out the tools and seeds. I was inspired by a visit to Parrs Wood Rural Resources Centre, where all there tools and gloves were in boxes. We also started to prune the blackcurrant bushes, but our secateurs are not sharp enough.