Sat 26 July
Join Phil Rispin, Curatorial Assistant of Entomology to find out more about the insects and plant life that has been found at Whitworth Park during previous BioBlitz events with Grey to Green at the park. Get some practical tips on insect identification and what you can spot living in local urban environments, and see some specimens from the museum’s collection. Phil will lead a behind the scenes tour of the museum entomology stores before setting off for the 15 to 20 minute walk to Whitworth Park for some hands on bug hunting and identification. The afternoon will finish at 4pm with a cup of tea at the Anchor Coffee House.
Urban Naturalist Manchester Museum
Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.
Last Saturday of the month, 2-4pm. Book on 0161 275 2648, £3, adults
Urban Naturalist: Beewalk
Sat 30 August
Urban Naturalist Weather
Sat 27 Sept
Urban Naturalist: Bats
Sat 25 October
The Confucius Institute
Come along with your lunch and enjoy a demonstration of a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.
If you are interested please register your interest by emailing confuciusinstitute .
The next Confucius Institute Lunchtime talk at Manchester Museum is on 24 September 2014, 1-2pm
World War 1 and China: the Chinese Labour Corps in France. Dr. Jenny Clegg is a Senior Lecturer at the University for Central Lancashire and her specialist research mainly focuses on China’s development and it’s implications for the world order.
Collection Bites – a programme of monthly talks at Manchester Museum – take a closer look at the Museum’s collections; offering visitors an often unexpected insight into the many projects that take place and diverse range of objects. On Wednesday 2 July Dr. Hannah Cobb, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester, delivered a fascinating talk about an excavation that took place in Whitworth Park – not to mention some very curious discoveries.
Guiding us through the archaeological process, from pre-excavation to post-excavation, Hannah engaged her audience with a lively account of Whitworth Park’s history and the people who frequented it. Attendees were given the opportunity to come into contact with some of the artefacts uncovered during the excavation. They were shown all manner of objects, including clay tobacco pipes, children’s toys, early soft drinks bottles and a comb; prompting a discussion over the different ways the park might have been used. The Museum’s current exhibition, Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics will run until the 5October 2014. Inspired by the exhibition, the next Big Saturday event – Parklife – will take place on Saturday 12 July; offering interactive and craft-based activities for families, including games and much more. Both events are free and take place during the Festival of Archaeology.
On the Big Saturday there will be some tours of the exhibition and Whitworth park. At 11.30am & 1.30pm & 3.30pm: Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics exhibition tours Enjoy gallery tours find out more about the exhibition with University archaeologists Hannah Cobb & Sian Jones. And at 12.30 & 2.30pm: Whitworth Park tours: Discover more about the history of Whitworth Park with Kenneth Shone, Friends of Whitworth Park
From Monday 7 to Friday 11 July from 10.30am to 1pm to coincide with National Transplant week, artist Tracey Walshaw will be in the Museum to talk about her exhibition in the based and to raise awareness of kidney donation.
Transplorations is a journey of one
person’s experience of a kidney
transplant and is a celebration
of the selfless act of the donor.
Artist Tracey Walshaw, a regular
visitor to the Museum tells her
story through creating images and
Inspired by our collections here at the
Museum, Tracey chose the ammonite and
shabti’s displayed in the Museum. She tells us why.
“ Ammonites symbolize for me
the spiral of life. I am drawn
to fossils because they come from
living forms. In their fossilization
millions of years later they still
retain their shape and beauty.
In ancient Egypt times shabti’s
were buried with folk to do their
work in the afterlife. I love their
form and played with the idea
of my husband Martin’s kidney
doing the work for my body
in my present life. For me, the
colour turquoise symbolizes health
and energy. It’s brightness feels
both uplifting and encouraging.
When I see turquoise my heart
flutters at the potentiality of life.”
Tracey wants to raise awareness about organ
donation. Do you believe in organ donation?
If you would take an organ would you be
willing to give one and help someone live
after your death?
“ I would like to urge everyone
to sign the organ donor register
so that more critically ill people
can get the opportunity that
I was given for a new life and
future. No words can express
Central Manchester University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
With warmer weather on the way we invite you to join us for Whitworth: Past, Present & Future: An outdoor tour for those interested in finding out more about the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester’s gallery in the park, whilst we undergo a £15 million redevelopment (opening Saturday, 25 October).
Sarah Sanders from the Visitor Services team leads the first tour
The Whitworth’s very own Visitor Team will take you back through the Gallery’s illustrious 125 year history, from its humble beginnings as Grove House, a gallery established ‘for the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’, right up to the present day. Hear about what the redeveloped Whitworth will offer: brand new exhibition spaces, a fabulous art garden designed by Sarah Price, the innovative Clore Learning Studio and more… All this whilst taking a stroll through Whitworth Park, with views of the original façade of the building and encounters with some of the Whitworth’s collections of outdoor art.
Dates and times
Thursday 7 August, Thursday 4 September and Thursday 2 October
12.15 – 1pm
*Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East
Saturday 2 August, Saturday 6 September and Saturday 4 October
2 – 3pm
*Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East
Tours are wheelchair accessible
All tours are FREE, but booking is essential.
Please contact the Whitworth to book a tour at:
Tel: 0161 275 7450
These parkland tours will go ahead even if it is raining – please wear appropriate footwear for a walk in the park, and be prepared for the Mancunian weather!
Originally posted on Stories from the Museum Floor:
Staff at the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery are becoming part of a wider dementia friendly community due to a new Government funded initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society and supported by the University of Manchester as part of their commitment to social responsibility.
Having recently attended an Alzheimer’s Society-led training session in order to become a Dementia Friends Champion I am now able to invite staff from the two organisations to 50-minute information sessions, where they learn a bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and where to find further information.
At the end of the session attendees are asked if they are happy to commit to a positive action in the workplace or at home, and thus become a Dementia Friend. No action is too big or too small. From being more patient the next time somebody is struggling at the till…
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