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Oxjam Manchester – Takevoer After Hours

August 30, 2014

Oxjam Manchester Thursday 4 September 5.30-9pm.

Join us as we team up with Oxjam for an eclectic evening exploring how music plays an integral part in cultures around the world and can help galvanise the fight against global poverty.

There will be objects on show from our Living Cultures collection, craft activities, talks and film showings. Later Oxjam will take over our stunning Living Worlds gallery to showcase local musicians in the run up to their annual Northern Quarter fundraising festival (4 and 5 October) for Oxfam.

Join artist Lauren Mullarkey to create attractive works which explore textile manipulation techniques using fabrics from around the world.

Live music from: July Julay – Bachata and Salsa singer from the Dominican Republic Wangari – A high energy, all female drumming performance band

Speakers include: Dr Caroline Bithell – Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at The University of Manchester

For updates on the programme please check out the Manchester Oxjam website or facebook page, Museum Meets blog or twitter.

Price: Drop-in, free, adults

Natures Silent Discovery

August 28, 2014

Natures Silent Discovery

29th August 2014


@ Living Worlds, Manchester Museum

Hosted by Objects in Mind

Visitors are invited to get their shake on in silence on the museum floor. We will be playing the best of Manchester music past, present, and future, raising money for The Neuro Foundation, an official charity of the year supported by the good people at UoM Equality and Diversity.

The event will take place on the Living worlds Gallery at 4pm on Friday 29th of August using Bluetooth headsets.

September English Corner at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery

August 26, 2014

There are three English Corner sessions in September.

The September dates are:

Tuesday 2 September 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Wednesday 10 September 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL
Thursday 18 September 6.30-8 p.m at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

We run English every month on the first Tuesday, second Wednesday and third Thursday.

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…

I have learnt new words and ways to describe things in English but also we have talked about art and I really like to do this!

Beewalk, Michael Wood, Tai Chi and Wonderstruck singing

August 7, 2014

From now til the end of September there are a number of Museum Meets events – everything ranging from a talk about Whitworth Park at War, Urban Naturalists – Beewalk and Weather, English Corner, Collection Bites on Tai Chi, Oxjam taking over AfterHours, a talk by Professor Michael Wood about Alexander the Great and a singing workshop.

Whitworth Park at War

Wednesday 20 August

1-2pm. Join Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Dr Melanie Giles, as she uncovers the many uses of Whitworth Park during wartime.

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

Urban Naturalist

Saturday 30 August


Manchester is the city of the bees. Join our short walk around the nearby streets to find out more. Bees are industrious pollinators living in a strict social and working hierarchy. Just like the industrial city, they produce many useful and popular products, honey, wax, propolis. Hear more about these and about the delicate balance between our only domesticated insect and the people of Manchester, a balance that is looking distinctly uncertain. Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum, £3

English Corner

Tuesday 2 September 1pm

Free conversation classes for people learning to speak English.


Collection Bites – Tai Chi Animal Influences

Wed 3 Sep


Join Colin Hughes as he explores this ancient Chinese health and martial art and its influences from the Animal Kingdom. Expect to try some gentle Tai Chi moves as Colin explains how animals as diverse as a silkworm, snake, squid and stork, bear, tiger and dragon have influenced how Tai Chi has developed, and is now practiced primarily as an exercise for health. Ancient masters observed how animals moved and mimicked aspects of their form and movement as they developed the graceful exercise and fighting forms that we now know as Tai Chi.

Book on 0161 306 1581 or museum

After Hours: Oxjam Take Over

Thursday 4 September 5.30-9pm

Join us as we team up with Oxjam for an eclectic evening exploring how music plays an integral part in cultures around the world and can help galvanise the fight against global poverty.

There will be objects on show from our Living Cultures collection, craft activities, talks and film showings. Later Oxjam will take over our stunning Living Worlds gallery to showcase local musicians in the run up to their annual Northern Quarter fundraising festival (4 and 5 October ) for Oxfam in 2013.

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

Monday 15 September, 6-8pm

‘In The Footsteps of Alexander the Great: a fresh look at an epic In this talk, Professor Michael Wood will look again at the story of Alexander the Great, whose amazing journeys of conquest he re-traced in 1998. He will update the story with new material from the currently beleaguered areas of Syria and Northern Iraq, and illustrate his talk with stunning pictures of the regions Alexander visited and with clips from his documentary series.

Book on 0161 306 1581 or museum

Wonderstruck Singing Workshop

Sat 27 & Sun 28 Sep, 1.30-4.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults

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.

Whale poetry, origami animals and live link up with Iceland

August 6, 2014

Join us at Manchester Museum for some intriguing events – Whale poetry inspired by our Sperm whale skeleton, a live link upwith some of curators in Iceland and a mass making origami event.

Thurs 7 Aug & Tues 12 Aug: 1-3.30pm

Join Winston poet & dream catcher underneath our enormous whale skeleton. Once there he will help you bring to life the dreams of our whale and our other fantastical animals using his own brand of poetry magic. A fun and engaging event for all ages to help you get inside the heads of the creatures you will meet.

Wed 13 Aug: 2 – 3pm

Discovering Iceland – Live link up

Join our curators of Geology, Botany and Insects for a live link up to their field work in Iceland. David, Rachel and Dmitri will be visiting one of the most spectacular volcanic islands on Earth. They will collect objects for the museum on the themes volcanoes, colonisation of new land and sustainable energy generation. Follow their blogs, tweets and videos about their adventure.

Thurs 21 Aug & Wed 27 Aug: 1-4pm

Origami Animals

Join in and help to create an installation of paper origami animals

Global Explorer – Travel the world without leaving Manchester

August 1, 2014

Welcome to Global Explorer. This summer various activities are being held at the Manchester Museum where families can travel the world without leaving Manchester.

Families can create their very own explorer kit, including binoculars or telescopes and explorer hats, before exploring the museum galleries to see what they might discover.

Ancient Worlds has been the theme for the first two weeks, and families have been making ancient worlds treasures from canopic jars, to ancient Egyptian amulets or scarab beetles and many more from junk model materials.

In the coming weeks we’ll be making Sealife and Animal Kingdom creations from junk model materials inspired by the museum’s collections.

What did the parents and children say about the event?

“Today was the first time I found a place that both I and my kids wanted to return”

“Fantastic! kids had great fun. Thankyou”

“When I get home I am going to tell my mummy I enjoyed it”

Parents and children have been creating marvellous creations. So, if you and your family are looking for something to do this summer, visit Global Explorer at the Manchester Museum.

Later today #Global Explorer will be launching a digital game – check out facebook to find out how to play.

Big Saturday – Travel the World with Music

July 31, 2014

Travel the World: Big Saturday: 11am-4pm

Travel the world this summer without leaving Manchester, travelling back in time and across the globe. Make some fascinating creations of your own and enjoy World Music performances.

11am Chinese Music performance by Henry Fung (Hong Kong) & Mei Mei Wu (mainland China) Enjoy Chinese music performances on traditional instruments the erhu and the guzheng.

Museum Reception, Floor G

11.45am African Storytelling around animals in Nature’s Library, Floor 1 with Chanje Kunde from Zambia

12.30pm Kathak Dance, a classical dance form from Northern India (from the word Katha, which means story), with Kanchan Maradan in front of Maharajah the elephant in the Manchester gallery, Floor 1

2pm Iranian Frame Drumming with Arian Sadr, -

Manchester Gallery, Floor 1

2.45pm Chinese Fan Dance for children in Nature’s Library, Floor 2 with Mei-Mei Yu. Join in with this traditional dance which resembles

fields of butterflies (fans provided).

Drop in, free, all ages


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