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Noahs Ark

November 20, 2014

Thurs 11 Dec, 7-9pm in the Living Worlds Gallery. Manchester Museum in association with Bigger Picture Film Festival present a programme of artist films using archive footage and live performance. Featuring THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013) and NOAH’S ARK with live poetic narration from Nathan Jones (Mercy).

THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013, 78 minutes)

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer/guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

NOAH’S ARK (Sam Meech, 2010, 23 mins)

Commissioned as part of a residency at the North West Film Archive for AND Festival, Noah’s Ark uses only films from the archive collection to retell this classic tale of preservation. The film relocates the story to the North West – with Noah and his congregation based in a church in Hulme, the animals in Belle Vue Zoo, and Mount Ararat now a seaside town near Blackpool. The film will be presented in the Living Worlds gallery (which also features in the piece) with a live performance from poet Nathan Jones of Mercy.

Price: £5, please book here

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Sneak preview – Manchester Made

November 13, 2014

A sneak preview of the Wonderstruck performance on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November


November 7, 2014


Sat 15 & Sun 16 Nov, performances begin at 11am and 1.30pm


It’s not what you know, it’s what you do.

Come and hear the sound of a hundred voices as choirs and performers from across Manchester join forces at Manchester Museum. Inspired by awe and wonder at the Museum’s collections, writer/performer Daniel Bye, musician Boff Whalley and director Sarah Punshon have created original songs for a weekend of musical surprises.

Performances will begin at 11am and 1.30pm in the Museum reception area. You could follow the performers and experience the whole 70 minute cycle, or simply enjoy encountering musical surprises as you explore the Museum.

With thanks to Golden Voices, Network Choir from Oswald Road, Crab Lane, Birchfields and Barlow Hall primary schools, Ordsall A cappella, SHE, Josh Coates and all our performers and volunteers.

Commissioned by People United in association with Manchester Museum.

For more information visit

Price: Drop-in, free, adults and families

Check out this great guest blog from Emma Geraghty who is taking part in Wonderstruck

Look 200 After Hours

November 4, 2014

Look200 After Hours

Thurs 6 Nov, 6.30-9pm. Join us for an evening of art and music as we explore the ideas behind Look200, an art meets science project by artist Lucy Burscough. Look200 celebrates and illustrates 200 years of life-changing research into vision, undertaken right here in Manchester. The event links with the opening of Burscough’s exhibition of paintings exploring the subject which has been created in partnership with Manchester Museum and opens at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital earlier in the evening (5.30-6.30pm- you are welcome to make an evening of it and come along to the exhibition launch too!).


Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to participate in fascinating activities exploring vision from interesting angles: experience augmented reality as you investigate what it is like to see as if you were colour blind; explore your sense of touch with the Museum’s haptic object handling machine and learn everything there is to know about the history of spectacles with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital’s resident expert, Stephen Golding. Henshaws Society for the Blind will be able to share their expertise regarding some of the diseases and disorders that can cause sight problems and demonstrate the low vision aids that are available to help people with limited sight. A group of biomedical scientists will showcase some of the cutting edge clinical research that takes place behind the scenes at the eye hospital and may impact on the future of global eye care. Fun and games will be available to test your colour vision acuity and explore just how animals see.


7pm James Sumner is a historian of science and will talk about the extraordinary life and work of John Dalton as a researcher and teacher in Manchester, including his remarkable diagnosis of his own colour-blindness.

7.30pm Dr Annette Allan is a research associate and public engagement specialist who works with neurobiologist Professor Rob Lucas at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences. Their research area, Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGCs), quite incredibly, were only discovered at the turn of this century. Some of what has been discovered about the cells has been interpreted in paint and makes up part of the Look200 exhibition at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Annette is a natural communicator who has a knack of making difficult concepts fun and accessible. Come and learn all about the function of these fascinating cells

8pm . Professor Paulo Stanga, Vitreo Retinal Specialist and Director of Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab will discuss the innovative technology and novel approaches to treatment that his lab trials and develops. Professor Stanga is one of the few surgeons in the world currently implanting and trialling the ‘bionic eye’ in patients with sight loss at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Amazing work- this presentation is not to be missed!

To Round off The Evening

8.30pm The première of a specially commissioned audio visual artwork created by Albino Mosquito in collaboration with musician Dan Steele. Beautiful vision themed imagery manipulated in real time in response to the music. A sublime end to the evening.

You will be welcomed with a glass of wine and throughout the evening Cafe Muse will open serving food and drinks.

Price: Drop-in, free, adults

English Corner at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery

November 3, 2014

Daytime sessions
Tuesday 4 November 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Wednesday 12 November1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

Evening Sessions
Thursday 20 November 6.30-8 p.m at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

English Corner runs every month on the first Tuesday, second Wednesday and third Thursday.

What is English Corner?

English Corner uses art and objects to help people practise English.

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 can.

Here’s some feedback from the last English Corner…

"In the English Corner session we knew three different parts of the gallery; traditional, modern and interactive. I could learn words and practice my speaking. Thank you very much!"

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.

Collection Bites: Carbon: Innovation and Sustainability

November 1, 2014

Wed 5 Nov, 1-2pm. Join Earth Sciences Curator, David Gelsthorpe, to find out about the amazing forms of Carbon in the Museum’s collection, from diamonds to coal. He will use the collection to explore the building blocks of life, climate change, Cornelia Parker’s work at the Whitworth and Graphene.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free, adults

The Curious Incident of the Gurkha Knife

October 31, 2014

A kukri donated to the Museum by Mr Chittham, who fought alongside the Ghurkhas in Malaysia will feature in a performance at Manchester Library on Saturday 1 November.

The Curious Incident of the Gurkha Knife

At the newly refurbished amazing Manchester central Library, Performance space next to the cafe.

Saturday, 1 November 2014 from 13:30 to 15:00 (GMT)
Manchester, United Kingdom

A Gurkha Army exhibition with a performance.

Book free tickets at:

A mini drama of an epic story
Based on a true story of a Gurkha knife on display in a shop in Deansgate, Manchester in 1915 we journey to Holland, South Africa, Nepal and India celebrating unseen heroic characters and stories in times of war.

Written and performed by Anjum Malik, multi lingual Poet, Scriptwriter and teacher of creative writing.

This is an Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by Arts Council England, Manchester Metropolitan University and Cartwheel Arts.


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