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Collection Bites – House Spider

October 1, 2014

Our October Collection Bites is on the theme of spiders and insects that visit our homes during the autumn. Manchester Museum’s curator of entomology, Dr Dmitri Logonov will be showing some of the many specimens in our collections.

Collection bites is today at 1pm.

Urban Naturalist – Weather

September 25, 2014

Urban Naturalist: Weather

2-4pm. Join Michael Flynn to find out more about the weather station that was once in Whitworth Park and to learn more about the current weather recording undertaken by The University of Manchester.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 or, £3, adults

Open audition for Wonderstruck drama group

September 22, 2014

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:

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

ñ 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.

ñ Develop performance and devising skills.

ñ 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:


Come along to a workshop audition at Manchester Museum. Meet the artists, try out some of the techniques we’ll be using, and see some of the amazing spaces you could get to perform in. Workshops will be held on:

Thursday 25 September, 6.30-8.30pm

Monday 29 September, 2-4pm.

(Please note: you just need to come to one, not both.)

Email Anna Bunney on anna.bunney for more info, or just turn up on the day.

(Singing workshops are Saturday 27 and or Sunday 28 September, 1.30-4.30pm)

The Ocean Between Us – Talk Sat 27 Sept

September 19, 2014

On Saturday 27 September our Big Saturday is Discover The Pacific. This is a day of discovery and exploration for all ages. Inspired by the Museum’s Living Cultures collection, September’s Big Saturday will take you to the South Pacific. Make your own Hawaiian flower lei to wear as you explore the Museum and learn about the fascinating cultures and diverse environments of the Pacific.

As part of this day we’ll be joined byProfessor Karen Sykes, from Manchester University who will talking about her work at 2pm.

The Ocean Between Us

Sat 27 November, 2-4pm

This short talk looks at how the Pacific Ocean links people to each other and to the rest of the world through history. My story begins in Manchester, and ends on the opposite side of the world in an era when the distances separating the people of Oceania and Britain were difficult to comprehend. In the course of the talk we will see how that distance was crossed, and even how the south seas were reimagined as means to connect us.

All activities are free and drop in.

60 secs Oxjam Manchester Museum Takeover

September 18, 2014

Thanks to the Oxjam Manchester team for sharing this short 60 second film of the After Hours on 4 September. Good luck for the main fundraising event on 4 and 5 October.

‘In the Footsteps of Alexander’ with Michael Wood at Manchester Museum

September 16, 2014


Thanks to Bryan Sitch for this wonderful blog about Michael Wood’s talk at the Museum last night.

Originally posted on Ancient Worlds:

Michael Wood speaking about in the footsteps of Alexander at Manchester Museum

Michael Wood speaking about in the footsteps of Alexander at Manchester Museum

Last night Michael Wood, Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, gave a public lecture entitled ‘In the footsteps of Alexander: a fresh look at an epic journey’. This drew on the popular 1998 TV series in which Prof Wood re-traced the epic journey of Alexander the Great. In his talk Professor Wood updated the story with new material from the currently beleaguered areas of Syria and Northern Iraq, and illustrated his talk with stunning pictures of the regions Alexander visited and showed clips from his documentary series.

Objects on display

Objects on display

As part of the welcome in the Museum foyer I was asked to show some objects from about the time of Alexander and it was a great pleasure to bring out a tray of ancient Greek coins and some Achaemenid Persian pottery from the site of Yanik Tepe in northern Iran.

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September 15, 2014


Wonderstruck Singing Workshop

Sat 27 or Sun 28 Sep, 1.30-4.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults.

Each session is the same: join us for whichever is most convenient.

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

We’re looking for keen singers to participate in Wonderstruck, an exciting large-scale performance taking place over the weekend of 15-16 November 2014.

Created by Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Boff Whalley, and inspired by the Museum’s collections, Wonderstruck will combine text, movement and song to create a weekend of wonderful surprises for Museum visitors.

We’re putting together a special choir of volunteer singers to take part, with original songs composed especially for them by Boff Whalley, formerly of pop-punk-folk band Chumbawamba.

Are you happy to sing a capella? Interested in trying something a bit different? Available for some evening and weekend rehearsals in November?

Come along to this introductory workshop to meet Dan, Sarah and Boff, and find out more.

All keen singers welcome, male or female, old or young. You don’t need to be able to read music, you don’t need to be an opera singer: if you like to sing, we’d like to meet you.

If you have any questions before hand please contact Anna Bunney, Curator of Public Programmes on 0161 306 1581 or e-mail


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