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Collection Bites: Out of the Blue

July 30, 2014

Join Irit Narkiss for August’s Collection Bites, as she explains her investigative conservation of a Romano-Egyptian faience pot. The development of the Ancient Worlds Galleries was an opportunity to examine and treat some objects that had been in the stores for far too long. Come to hear about the technological characteristics of faience-like materials; discuss the conservation ethos and the conservation process.

Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free, adults

Manchester Museum at Manchester Pride

July 28, 2014

On Thursday 7 August at 4pm there is a Manchester Museum event, – The Rest is Drag, as part of the Manchester Pride Fringe Festival

Queering the Living Cultures Collection at Manchester Museum

A tour and discussion of the Living Cultures section of the Manchester Museum and a sneak peek behind the scenes. See things that no one else does! There will be a discussion around sexuality and gender across living cultures and across the centuries.

Networking drinks in the Student Union.

Limited spaces available and can be booked by

Urban Naturalist at Manchester Museum – Parklife

July 17, 2014

Urban Naturalist Manchester Museum

Sat 26 July


Join Phil Rispin, Curatorial Assistant of Entomology to find out more about the insects and plant life that has been found at Whitworth Park during previous BioBlitz events with Grey to Green at the park. Get some practical tips on insect identification and what you can spot living in local urban environments, and see some specimens from the museum’s collection. Phil will lead a behind the scenes tour of the museum entomology stores before setting off for the 15 to 20 minute walk to Whitworth Park for some hands on bug hunting and identification. The afternoon will finish at 4pm with a cup of tea at the Anchor Coffee House.

If it’s very, very wet, Urban Naturalist will stay in the Museum, with a tour of our new exhibition Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics. Part of Love Parks Week.

Urban Naturalist Manchester Museum
Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.
Last Saturday of the month, 2-4pm. Book on 0161 275 2648, £3, adults

Urban Naturalist: Beewalk

Sat 30 August

Urban Naturalist Weather

Sat 27 Sept

Urban Naturalist: Bats

Sat 25 October

CHINESE TEA CEREMONY – Thursday, 24 July 2014

July 17, 2014

The Confucius Institute

Come along with your lunch and enjoy a demonstration of a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

If you are interested please register your interest by emailing confuciusinstitute .

The next Confucius Institute Lunchtime talk at Manchester Museum is on 24 September 2014, 1-2pm

World War 1 and China: the Chinese Labour Corps in France. Dr. Jenny Clegg is a Senior Lecturer at the University for Central Lancashire and her specialist research mainly focuses on China’s development and it’s implications for the world order.


July 11, 2014

Collection Bites – a programme of monthly talks at Manchester Museum – take a closer look at the Museum’s collections; offering visitors an often unexpected insight into the many projects that take place and diverse range of objects. On Wednesday 2 July Dr. Hannah Cobb, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester, delivered a fascinating talk about an excavation that took place in Whitworth Park – not to mention some very curious discoveries.

Guiding us through the archaeological process, from pre-excavation to post-excavation, Hannah engaged her audience with a lively account of Whitworth Park’s history and the people who frequented it. Attendees were given the opportunity to come into contact with some of the artefacts uncovered during the excavation. They were shown all manner of objects, including clay tobacco pipes, children’s toys, early soft drinks bottles and a comb; prompting a discussion over the different ways the park might have been used. The Museum’s current exhibition, Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics will run until the 5October 2014. Inspired by the exhibition, the next Big Saturday event – Parklife – will take place on Saturday 12 July; offering interactive and craft-based activities for families, including games and much more. Both events are free and take place during the Festival of Archaeology.

On the Big Saturday there will be some tours of the exhibition and Whitworth park. At 11.30am & 1.30pm & 3.30pm: Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics exhibition tours Enjoy gallery tours find out more about the exhibition with University archaeologists Hannah Cobb & Sian Jones. And at 12.30 & 2.30pm: Whitworth Park tours: Discover more about the history of Whitworth Park with Kenneth Shone, Friends of Whitworth Park

Transplorations – Meet artist Tracey Walshaw

July 7, 2014

From Monday 7 to Friday 11 July from 10.30am to 1pm to coincide with National Transplant week, artist Tracey Walshaw will be in the Museum to talk about her exhibition in the based and to raise awareness of kidney donation.

Transplorations is a journey of one

person’s experience of a kidney

transplant and is a celebration

of the selfless act of the donor.

Artist Tracey Walshaw, a regular

visitor to the Museum tells her

story through creating images and

making mosaics.

Inspired by our collections here at the

Museum, Tracey chose the ammonite and

shabti’s displayed in the Museum. She tells us why.

“ Ammonites symbolize for me

the spiral of life. I am drawn

to fossils because they come from

living forms. In their fossilization

millions of years later they still

retain their shape and beauty.

In ancient Egypt times shabti’s

were buried with folk to do their

work in the afterlife. I love their

form and played with the idea

of my husband Martin’s kidney

doing the work for my body

in my present life. For me, the

colour turquoise symbolizes health

and energy. It’s brightness feels

both uplifting and encouraging.

When I see turquoise my heart

flutters at the potentiality of life.”

Tracey wants to raise awareness about organ

donation. Do you believe in organ donation?

If you would take an organ would you be

willing to give one and help someone live

after your death?

“ I would like to urge everyone

to sign the organ donor register

so that more critically ill people

can get the opportunity that

I was given for a new life and

future. No words can express

my gratitude.”


Central Manchester University Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust


Whitworth: Past, Present and Future: An outdoor tour

July 4, 2014

Whitworth: Past, Present and Future: An outdoor tour


With warmer weather on the way we invite you to join us for Whitworth: Past, Present & Future: An outdoor tour for those interested in finding out more about the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester’s gallery in the park, whilst we undergo a £15 million redevelopment (opening Saturday, 25 October).


Sarah Sanders from the Visitor Services team leads the first tour

The Whitworth’s very own Visitor Team will take you back through the Gallery’s illustrious 125 year history, from its humble beginnings as Grove House, a gallery established ‘for the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’, right up to the present day. Hear about what the redeveloped Whitworth will offer: brand new exhibition spaces, a fabulous art garden designed by Sarah Price, the innovative Clore Learning Studio and more… All this whilst taking a stroll through Whitworth Park, with views of the original façade of the building and encounters with some of the Whitworth’s collections of outdoor art.
Dates and times

Thursday 7 August, Thursday 4 September and Thursday 2 October
12.15 – 1pm
*Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East

Saturday 2 August, Saturday 6 September and Saturday 4 October
2 – 3pm
*Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East

Tours are wheelchair accessible

All tours are FREE, but booking is essential.

Please contact the Whitworth to book a tour at:

Tel: 0161 275 7450

These parkland tours will go ahead even if it is raining – please wear appropriate footwear for a walk in the park, and be prepared for the Mancunian weather!



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