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Paper Cuts, Siberia, Home & Singing

December 18, 2014

Pop along to Manchester Museum for some family fun over the Christmas holidays or return in January for English Corner, events about Siberia, a special film showing of Home and a WEA course on the long decline of the Romans. February kicks off with a Museum Sings workshop.

Nature Discovery activities: Paper cut Christmas cards and New Years calendars

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Dec, Sat 27-Tues 30 Dec & Sat 3-Sun 4 Jan, 11am-4pm.

Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars.

Free, Drop-in

English Corner

Tues 6 Jan, 1-2.30pm. Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.  January’s themes are Siberia and living in cold places.

WEA course – The long goodbye – how the Roman Empire ended

Start date: 14th Jan 2015 End date25 Mar 2015 weds 14.45 – 16.45 Cost: £65.10 (free to those in receipt of means tested benefits)

Course Description: This course will look at how Rome developed from a small territory to a huge empire by examining its culture and religions across Britain, Europe and the Middle East. We’ll focus on artefacts, from the everyday to the unique, to look at what they tell us about belief, industry, technology and work. In addition we’ll explore the principles of modern archaeology and the contribution of forensic techniques to the better understanding of the past

Course aims: To examine how Rome developed from a small territory to a huge empire by examining key archaeological sites across Britain, Europe and the Middle East, and to pick out the influence of Middle eastern culture including Christianity at this time.

Book here

A special screening of HOME

Thurs 22 Jan, 6-9pm. Doors Open 6pm, Film Screening 6.30, Discussion/Q&A 8.30pm.

A Bigger Picture Film Festival event – screening & discussion by Manchester Film Co-op of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s award-winning feature documentary watched by >600 million people worldwide since 2006, HOME.

“Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, on the first film to be entirely shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME. In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.”

This film will be screened in the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, which was also created to inspire us to look after our home – the gallery explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

Price: This is a family-friendly event (for children 8 years and above) Book your free seat(s) or phone 0161 275 2648 – donations for Manchester Film Co-Op will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Big Sat: Siberia

Sat 24 Jan, 11am-4pm. Visit our ‘Siberia: At the Edge of the World’ exhibition and discover more about the culture and unique nature of this vast, mysterious land; one and a half times bigger than Europe. Enjoy activities for all the family, from traditional music and arts to a guided tour of the exhibition. Meet curators and see objects from the Museum’s stores

Making a living in Kamchatka: Daily Life and the Spirit World of the Koryak

Sat 24 Jan, 2-3pm. Despite Stalin’s persecution of shamans in the 1930s, shamanic practices of communicating with animals and spirits are still alive and well today. Koryaks are mindful of their relationships with animals, spirits, and the land as they go about their everyday life. Rituals are special times for intense communication with these non-human beings, and everyone joins in. Find out more with Dr. Alexander D. King, University of Aberdeen.

Price: Book online or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

Course: Manchester Museum sings

Sun 1 Feb, 2-4.30pm. Fancy an afternoon of singing songs from around the world inspired by the Manchester Museum’s collections? Join Caroline Bithell, ethnomusicologist from The University of Manchester and member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, in an afternoon of thrilling rhythms and uplifting harmonies and then become part of a pop-up choir singing in the galleries. Songs will be taught by ear. All levels of singers welcome.

Price: Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

 

Winter Wonderland

December 12, 2014

Nature Discovery Gallery opens Sat 13 Dec

Once upon a time…there was an enchanted world full of trees and meadows with creatures up on high and deep inside the undergrowth.

Our newly renovated Nature Discovery gallery for under 5s and their families opens Sat 13 Dec

Winter Wonderland – Big Sat – Sat 13 Dec – 11am-4pm

Discover woodland animals, birds, butterflies and insects in our new Nature Discovery gallery. A day full of nature inspired crafts and activities for all the family.

Help decorate the Museum’s tree, make paper craft decorations and handle objects.

There will be drop in sensory play sessions for babies who aren’t walking yet from 11.30-2pm.

Short story telling sessions will take place in the Nature Discovery gallery at the following times, spaces are limited please sign up at the welcome desk on the day.

1pm for babies who aren’t walking yet and their parents/carers

2pm for toddlers and children up to 2 years and their parents/carers

3pm for 3 -5 year olds and their parents/carers

Big Saturday event is drop-in, free and for all ages

Or if you’re up really early, join us for our new Early Opening for Early Birds

Early Opening for Early Birds: Sat 13 Dec 9-10am

Sat 13 Dec, 9-10am. Are you and your young children up with the Larks and excited to get out and about and exploring? Why not come along to Manchester Museum’s Living Worlds gallery for our early opening for early birds? Enjoy self-led tours, object handling and craft activities. (Just the Living Worlds gallery will be open at 9am – you can explore the rest of the Museum from 10am).

Price: Drop-in, free, families with children under 5 and their older siblings

Art from West Papua

December 8, 2014

annabunney:

Check out this blog post from Kiera Gould, trainee curator about her Collection Bites talk at the Museum

Originally posted on Mancultural:

Earlier this year, my review of Manchester Museum’s Pacific collection uncovered these two shields, which had been packaged and stored above some cupboards so that Stephen Welsh, our current Curator of Living Cultures, had never seen them.

When we unwrapped the packages, the shields were labelled with their museum accession numbers, and the note ‘Purchased from Asmat Art Depot’. The pigments used on the shields – white made from lime and red made from a riverbed clay – tend to deteriorate and become detached over time, so the quality of the colours on these shields suggested they were fairly contemporary. Looking at the accession register for the collection, it was revealed that the shields came into the museum as part of a group of eleven objects in January 1970.

0.9342-8 A belt from the Asmat region of West Papua, acquired by manchester Museum in 1970.

0.9342-8 A belt from the Asmat region of West Papua, acquired by manchester Museum in 1970.

 

Following some research, I…

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Egyptian Mummy portraits, English Corner, Art from Papua, Archive arts, Entomology poetry & Rock Drop

November 26, 2014

Egyptian Mummy portraits, English Corner, Art from Papua, Artists and Archive film screening , Entomology poetry & Rock Drop are all Museum Meets events over the next couple of weeks.

Thursday Tours

Thurs 27 Nov, 3pm. Take a closer look at our Egyptian Mummy portraits. Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free

English Corner

Tues 2 Dec, 1-2.30pm. Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Collection Bites: Art from Papua

Wed 3 Dec, 1-2pm. Trainee Curator Kiera Gould will talk about the Museum’s significant collections from New Guinea. She will look particularly at objects acquired in the 1970s as part of a project which aimed to promote traditional carving from Papua, separating objects from their previous associations with cannibalism head-hunting to promote their artistic quality and value for European museum collections.

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

Thursday Tours: Audio descriptive

Thurs 4 Dec, 3pm. For people who have a visual impairment.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free

Artists and Archive Film Screening

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 Nathn 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

Entomology with Helen Clare

Thurs 11 Dec, 6-8pm. Ex-science teacher, ex-literature development worker, ex-Arts Council Education Officer, Helen Clare has been professionally involved in just about anything that involves creative writing, science and learning. She is also, of course, a poet. From the Assassin Bug to the Tear-Drinking Moth, from the Solitary Bee to the Common Wasp, in these sonnets the precision of science uncovers a drama of loss and despair, new love and unstoppable desire. ‘Entomology’ is her new set of poems inspired by visits to Manchester Museum. Join us for a festive evening with readings by Helen Clare and a chance to see some of the insect specimens from the Manchester Museum shown by our entomology expert, Dr Dmitri Logonov.

Price: Book on 0161 306 1581 or email anna.bunney@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions

Thurs 11 Dec, 2-3pm. Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be available once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and fossils.

Price: Drop-in, free

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

noahs Ark 5.pdf

Sneak preview – Manchester Made

November 13, 2014

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

https://soundcloud.com/mcrmuseum/wonderstruck-guerrillas-manchester-made-15th-16th-november

Wonderstruck

November 7, 2014

 

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

Wonderstruck

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 www.peopleunited.org.uk/commissions/wonder

Price: Drop-in, free, adults and families

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

http://peopleunited.org.uk/2014/11/another-thing-entirely/

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