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Old wives tales?

October 21, 2014

Old Wives Tales?

Thurs 23 Oct, 2-4pm. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s fascinating material medical collection, explore our relationship to medicine through conversation and creative writing. Chat about family remedies and whether there’s any truth behind natural cures. Take part in simple poetry exercises to compose your own piece about your experiences and memories. With poet Tony Sheppard and Curator of Botany, Rachel Webster. Part of Manchester Science Festival, supported by Siemens.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Be part of a Weekend of Wonder

October 13, 2014

If you visit Manchester Museum during the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November, there will be musical suprises all over the building. Wonderstruck is the live performance of original song and performances inspired by our collections , created by artists Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Boff Whalley.

We’ve been working on Wonderstruck with an arts charity People United who believe in the arts creating a kinder society. Read Daniel’s project blog here.

Choirs, singers and performers will all be taking part in Wonderstruck and there is still time to join in with the project.

If you’d like to devise and performance parts of Wonderstruck you can join us at Manchester Museum from 6-8pm on Tuesday 20 October. And there is also still time to join our new Wonderstruck choir. To find out more about performing or singing please email anna.bunney@manchester.ac.uk

 

Would you like to perform in Manchester Museum as part of a remarkable Weekend of Wonder?

Over one weekend in November Manchester Museum will be taken over by Wonderstruck, a new large-scale performance piece created by professional theatre-makers Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Boff Whalley.

We’re looking for a small team of keen performers to work intensively with us on this exciting project.

Performers will:

Devise new material in collaboration with the lead artists, responding to the wonders of the museum.

  • Perform text written by award-winning writer Daniel Bye, in some of the extraordinary spaces of the museum: from intimate one-to-one moments to the grandeur of the main halls.
  • Develop performance and devising skills.
  • Be a key part of an ambitious large-scale piece involving more than 100 community singers from across the North-West.

Performers must be available for several evening and weekend rehearsals

2-14 November, and the performance weekend itself, 15 and 16 November (10am – 4pm).

For more on the artists involved, visit their websites:

www.danielbye.co.uk www.sarahpunshon.co.uk www.boffwhalley.com

Interested?

Come along to a workshop audition at Manchester Museum on Monday  20 October between 6 and 8pm. Try out some of the techniques we’ll be using, and see some of the amazing spaces you could get to perform in.

 

Science of Birdsong and Rhinos – Biology Week events

October 8, 2014

Want to find out more about the Science of Birdsong or the life of Black Rhinos. MMU have organised a whole week of talks for Biology Week on conservation biology and animal behaviour.

Biology Week: Conservation Biology and Animal Behaviour

13.10.14 – 16.10.14

Where

John Dalton Building, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD

Manchester Metropolitan University invites you to join them for a series of five lively public talks that explore how MMU scientists go about understanding and saving species.

 

 

Monday 13th October 18:30 – 20:00
Dr Matthew Sullivan: The Science Behind Nature Documentaries

Tuesday 14th October 18:30 – 20:00
Chris Harrison: Domestic Wind Turbines: Are Birds Affected?
Fraser Combe: Conservation Genetics of Hazel Dormice

Wednesday 15th October 18:30 – 20:00
Dr Selvino de Kort: The Science of Bird Song

Thursday 16th October 18:30 – 20:00
Dr Martin Jones: The black rhino: life, death and inbreeding

Organised by: Samantha Watson (s.watson)

The talks are free and aimed at the general public and interest groups. Ages 13 and over welcome.

Find out about more Biology Week 2014 events

Exlporing African Medicine

October 8, 2014

Exploring African Medicine

Exploring African Medicine is an installation in the museums reception looking at stories, memories and materials relating to African healing. Using the museum’s collection and some contemporary medicine found here in Manchester, it explores well-being, past and present.

Through events and interviews, participants from Manchester’s African communities have been rediscovering medicinal objects and substances from across West Africa. These materials were collected between the 19th and 21st century – they represent healing cultures of recognised importance for physical and spiritual well-being in the past. Similar practices, beliefs and plant species continue to be an integral aspect of African care-giving today.

Community members worked with curators to explore stories and memories inspired by the collections . Their thoughts and ideas shape the themes in this display.

Poets, CT Scanning Mummies, Bats & more

October 3, 2014

October is a busy month at Manchester Museum – here are our adult events that are taking place, with a chance to practise your English, hear award winning poets, and participate in Manchester Science Festival.

English Corner

Tues 7 Oct, 1–2.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Manchester Literature Festival: Pascale Petit
Wed 8 Oct, 7pm
Book on 0843 208 0500 or Manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk, £6/£4 concessions, adults
Take a wild trip from the Rainy City to the City of Light. Join Manchester Prize-winning poet Pascale Petit as she launches her sixth collection, Fauverie. Her previous collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was Jackie Kay’s Book of the Year in The Observer. Drawing on a time when Petit was in Paris to spend time with her dying father, Fauverie explores the savage aspects of the city, the darker elements of human nature and the grace and power of endangered animals – and, fittingly, the event will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the Manchester Museum’s Living Worlds Gallery. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Cave Hunting 140 Years On: Late Ice Age Humans in Britain

Fri 17 Oct, 7-8pm

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

William Boyd Dawkins (1837–1929) was the first curator of the Manchester Museum and the first Professor of Geology in The University of Manchester. He pioneered many aspect of ice age research and cave archaeology in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. With Professor Paul Pettitt from the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. Paul is an expert on the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic archaeology of Europe with particular interests in cave art, radiocarbon dating, the demise of the Neanderthals, funerary archaeology, and the archaeological record of human activity in ice age environments in Britain. Like William Boyd Dawkins, he has worked at Cresswell Crags and the world famous site of Kent’s Cavern. In 2003 he co-discovered Britain’s only examples of Palaeolithic cave art. Paul’s lecture will explore what we know about human societies in Britain at the close of the last glacial period.

Old Wives Tales?

Thurs 23 Oct, 2-4pm

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Taking inspiration from the Museum’s fascinating material medical collection, explore our relationship to medicine through conversation and creative writing. Chat about family remedies and whether there’s any truth behind natural cures. Take part in simple poetry exercises to compose your own piece about your experiences and memories. With poet Tony Sheppard and Curator of Botany, Rachel Webster. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Urban Naturalist: Bats
Sat 25 Oct, 2-4pm
Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, £3, adults
Do you know your Pipistrelle from your Noctule? These are just two of the 18 species of bats found in the UK. Join Steve Parker from the South Lancashire Bat Group in an exploration of all things Chiroptera (scientific name for the only mammal that can truly fly.) Urban Naturalist is a series of friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

CT-scanning the Manchester Mummies

Mon 27 Oct, 1-2pm

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

A new look beneath the bandages of several of the Manchester Museum’s 20 human mummies, examined using CT-scans and interpreted by former consultant Dr Bob Loynes. A brief explanation of CT scans – how they work and how they can be used to discover the mysteries of ancient Egyptian mummification techniques. The unique collection of Egyptian mummies in Manchester Museum has recently undergone investigation using CT scanning and some of the results will be used to illustrate this modern medical imaging procedure and its contribution to Egyptology. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

 

See, Share, Make & Tell – Silver Sunday

October 3, 2014

See, share, make & tell, Sun 5 Oct, 11am-4pm

Come along to the Manchester Museum for our Meet the Artist event and enjoy the opportunity to create some artworks of your own, enjoy gallery tours and be inspired by the Museum’s objects, their stories; and share stories of your own. Older adults and their family members welcome as this is part of Silver Sunday – Celebrating Older People.

Join artist Lucy Burscough:

Artist Lucy Burscough has a wide variety of interests and skills that she draws on to deliver arts activities throughout the galleries and hospitals of Manchester. Lucy has a passionate belief in using Arts for Health and as such is currently delivering a year long residency painting the staff and patients in Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. When she is not painting Lucy loves all things woolly (she helped us create last year’s crochet coral reef at Manchester Museum!) and on Sunday is hoping that you will join her to create some woolly animals inspired by those in our collection.

Drop-in, free, older adults and their families

Museum Taster Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Meet at museum reception

Fauverie – Pascale Petite – Manchester Literature Festival

October 3, 2014

Pascale Petit is performing at Manchester Museum as part of Manchester Literature Festival on Wednesday 8 October at 7pm.

Take a wild trip from the Rainy City to the City of Light. Join Manchester Prize-winning poet Pascale Petit as she launches her sixth collection, Fauverie. Her previous collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was Jackie Kay’s Book of the Year in The Observer. Drawing on a time when Petit was in Paris to spend time with her dying father, Fauverie explores the savage aspects of the city, the darker elements of human nature and the grace and power of endangered animals – and, fittingly, the event will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the Manchester Museum’s Living Worlds Gallery.
Tickets £6/£4

Book on: 0843 208 0500 or here

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