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Talk Like an Egyptian – English Corner at Manchester Museum Tuesday 2 Feb

January 29, 2016

Join us at Manchester Museum for English Corner on Tuesday 2 February at 1pm for free English conversation class.

The theme is Egyptian amulets.

English Corner also takes place in Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery.

The February dates are:

Daytime sessions

Tuesday 2 Feb 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Wednesday 10 Feb 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL
Friday 26 Feb 10.30-12 at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, M15 6ER

Evening Sessions

Thursday 18 Feb 6.30-8 p.m at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

English Corner runs every month on the first Tuesday, second Wednesday, third Thursday and fourth Friday. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you can.

What is English Corner?

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

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.

Here’s some feedback from the last English Corner….

Thank you very much for preparing and helping us to learn English and improve my life. I really like it very much.

Manchester Museum January Events

December 18, 2015

English Corner

Tues 5 Jan, 1-2.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions

Thursday 21 January, 2-3pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be available once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and fossils.

After the Bees: What makes a story?

Sat 23 Jan, 2-4pm

Book mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or ring 0161 275 2648 free, adults

What makes a story? Create a visual storyboard for “After the Bees’ project by drawing, writing and editing our film script.

‘After the bees’ is a series of visual artworks collaborating, moving image, portraiture, photography, arts writing
and sculpture, exploring the narrative premise of Einstein’s prediction “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”.
‘After the bees’ is a presentation of different modes of language: visual, poetic, myth, storytelling, scientific and factual, producing a dialogue about bees, which relate to ideas of connectivity and attachment.

The project will be informed by beekeepers, ecologists and sustainability experts, producing an original narrative exploring the conservation issues affecting bees through artistic practice.

The project will result in a screening, exhibition of photography and artist talk at Manchester Museum in 2016.
This will be followed by a talk at Manchester City Gallery, a solo show at Winterbourne House and Gardens, and a research seminar with postgraduate students of the Art History department at The University of Manchester.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Surgery

Friday 22 January

10am-4pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Finds surgery for recording and identification of objects found by members of the public from prehistory to 1700s, including metalwork, flint and pottery.

Icon Dance Workshop

Wednesday 27 January

11am-5pm

Book, anna.bunney or 0161 306 1581, free, adults

Icon Dance company is working with Museums across the country tocreate professional dance which responds to how people experience their collections and spaces.

Join us at Manchester Museum to become part of the research process, working alongside professional dance artists and educators as we explore museum spaces and re-imagine collection objects.

The findings from this project will shape a major tour of dance for museums in 2016/17 and this is your chance to be part of it!

As a participant you will:

Explore Manchester Museum’s objects and spaces with Icon’s Creative Learning team in fun, creative ways

Work directly with Icon’s artistic team, including Creative Director Martin Joyce and Assistant Choreographer

Alex Newton

Provide inspiration and stimuli for professional choreography which will be created and performed in situ in the museum on the same day by Icon’s dancers

No dance experience or knowledge of the museum collection is necessary – you will be guided through the workshop by specialists. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day, but you will not need to dance unless you wish to.

 

 

 

The Urban Naturalist

Saturday 30 Jan, 2-4pm

Book, mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or ring 0161 275 2648 free, adults

Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

Taster tours
Every Tues & Thurs, 1pm
Drop-in (no need to book), free, meet at the Information Desk (Floor G)
Come and join one of our Visitor Services Assistants for a tour and learn more about some of the fascinating objects on display at the Museum. Tours are drop-in and focus on different aspects of the Museum and its collections each time.

Christmas Make in The Study – Wednesday 16 December 11am-1pm

December 14, 2015

Christmas Make in The Study
Wednesday 16 December
11am-1pm
Come and join our Study volunteers and make Christmas wreaths and snowflakes. Adult, Free, Drop-In

After the Bees, Giving Gifts in Ancient Egypt and Time for the Paleaolithic

December 4, 2015

Three more Museum Meets events for December.

Monday 7 December 11.30am – A workshop with artists Megan Powell and Jonny Briggs.

 

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Come join a group critique to discuss the progression of project ‘After the Bees’ made in partnership with Manchester Museum, and a group critique of student’s artworks, ideas or writing.

‘After the bees’ is a series of visual artworks collaborating, moving image, portraiture, photography, arts writing
and sculpture, exploring the narrative premise of Einstein’s prediction “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”.

The project will be informed by beekeepers, ecologists and sustainability experts, producing an original narrative exploring the conservation issues affecting bees through artistic practice.

The project will result in a screening, exhibition of photography and artist talk at Manchester Museum in 2016.

This will be followed by a talk at Manchester City Gallery, a solo show at Winterbourne House and Gardens, and a research seminar with postgraduate students of the Art History department at The University of Manchester.

12 places available. To book please e mail megan.powell@network.rca.ac.uk

Tuesday 8 Dec 2-3pm

Giving Gifts in Ancient Egypt

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Dr Campbell Price, explores how and why the ancient Egyptians contact their many animal-headed gods.

Book on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or ring 0161 275 2648.

And on Wednesday 9 December at 6.30pm in University Place, the 3rd William Boyd Dawkins lecture.

Professor Tom Higham
The Oxford Radiocarbon Unit, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art,
The University of Oxford

Time for the Palaeolithic:

Radiocarbon Dating, the Neanderthal
Demise, and the Arrival of Modern
Humans in Europe.

Commencing at 18:30 in University Place, lecture theatre A, Oxford Road, M13 9PL.
All are welcome! This is a free ticketed event, reserve your ticket at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-william-boyd-dawkins-lecture-2015-professor-tom-highamtickets-
19291963783

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Migrating Cultures, English Corner and Giving Gifts in Ancient Egypt

November 28, 2015

The beginning of December sees three Museum Meets events in the Museum.

Collection Bites

Migrating Cultures: West Africa and the Caribbean

Thursday 3 December

1-2pm

Book, mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648

Despite the highly repressive nature of transatlantic slavery and forced migration, enslaved peoples managed to hold onto vital aspects of their West African culture. Using objects from Manchester Museum’s Living Cultures’ West African collection, images and film from the Caribbean, Isabelle Cox will explore cultural migration; looking at how and why certain traditions have continued to endure on both sides of the Atlantic.

English Corner

Tuesday 1 December

1-2:30pm

Drop in, free

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion. December’s session will focus on the Phantoms of the Congo River exhibition.

Giving Gifts in Ancient Egypt

Wednesday 8 Dec

2-3pm

Book on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or ring 0161 275 2648

Dr Campbell Price, explores how and why the ancient Egyptians contact their many animal-headed gods.

Rock Music

November 24, 2015

Image: Owl Project recording the sound of Karl Lee Flint Knapping. November 2015

28th November 2015

2 – 3pm

The Study

Manchester Museum,

The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

Owl Project Present Rock Music at Manchester Museum

Join Owl Project as they discuss their latest work, following a residency at Manchester Museum,

University of Manchester.

Consisting of Steve Symons, Simon Blackmore and Antony Hall, the artist collective will be in

conversation to reveal how the residency has influenced, and inspired the direction of their latest creation.

In Rock Music, Owl Project will tune 5,000 years back in time to reclaim one of the oldest known creative

processes: Flint Knapping. Making sharp tools from stone such as flint, or ‘Knapping’ is acknowledged as

one of the earliest human processes. Following advice and guidance from archaeologists, the collective

intend to closely examine the rhythms and movements associated with the practice of making stone tools.

Continuing Owl Projects interest in disrupting redundant processes with technology to create musical

instruments, they will bring together experimental archaeologists and innovative electronic musicians in

an attempt to couple the primal act of chipping rock from rock with the considered precision of

synthesised music.

Owl project are interested in how rhythms are the creators of forms and also one of the foundations of

music. Previously they have explored making electronic music from early industrialized processes,

including a traditional “Pole Lathe” and a “Jacquard Loom”. Their time at the Manchester Museum has

made them reflect on older technologies and processes to create objects.

The talk will be a precursor to Flint Synth: a live performance in 2016 involving a recreational Flint

Knapper. It will continue Owl Projects interest in combining the process of using redundant technologies

with new technologies.

The talk is free to attend. Please RSVP Bianca@invisibledust.com

Owl Project is kindly supported by Manchester Museum and Invisible Dust.

Invisible Dust works with leading artists and scientists to produce unique and exciting works of

contemporary art and new scientific ideas exploring our environment and climate change

http://invisibledust.com

Funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust.

 

Manchester Museum, Cities at Manchester and the Biospheric Studio present Leading Thinker – Istvan Kenyeres Friday 20 November 5.30-8.30pm

November 16, 2015

Manchester Museum and Cities at Manchester are pleased to be working with the Biospheric Studio to host leading thinker, Istvan Kenyeres to speak on Friday 20 November 5.30-8.30pm, as part of the Massive Change series.

Vincent Walsh, Chief Executive of Biospheric Studio, and Istvan Kenyeres, founder of Organica Water and the Biopolus Group in Budapest will debate the future possibilities for biological tech development within Manchester. Paul Lancaster of Tech North and Andrew Karvonen of The University of Manchester will further discuss the opportunities and challenges of this approach.

This event will take place in Manchester Museum’s newest space – The Study, where the Biospheric Studio has installed the first enclosed aquaponic system in a Museum environment.

To book please visit mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com

Massive Change Two: Pop Goes the Biosphere:

Ecological Infrastructure for Smart City Growth

By using technology-based solutions to bring nature back into cities we can realise health, economic and cultural benefits, make cities resilient in the face of global competition and climate change, and establish them as a core driver of the shift to smart city growth.

On the 20th November 2015 Kate Chappell, Executive Member

for Environment, Manchester City Council, will set out the vision for Manchester’s smart growth over the coming decade.

Vincent Walsh, Chief Executive of Biospheric Studio, and Istvan Kenyeres, founder of Organica Water and the Biopolus Group in Budapest will debate the future possibilities for biological tech development within Manchester. Paul Lancaster of Tech North and Andrew Karvonen of The University of Manchester will further discuss the opportunities and challenges of this approach.

Format

Opening by Cllr Kate Chappell, Executive Member for Environment, MCC

Hosted by Vincent Walsh, Biospheric Studio

Panel:

Dr Istvan Kenyeres (Budapest)

President of the Biopolus Group

Previously President & CEO of Organica Technologies

Dr Andrew Karvonen, Co-Director, Cities@Manchester

Manchester Architecture Research Centre, School of Environment,

Education and Development

Paul Lancaster, Tech North (Manchester)

Community Engagement Manager

This Massive Change Event by the Biospheric Studio is generously sponsored by:

Timing:

5.30pm Reception with refreshments

6.00pm Welcome by Kate Chappell

6.15pm Overview by Istvan Kenyeres

6.45pm Panel Discussion hosted by Vincent Walsh

7.30pm Discussion open to audience

8.00pm Closing remarks followed by opportunity for informal discussion

8.30pm Event finishes

Refreshments

It’s a friday. Refreshments will bring togther a mix of alcoholic and nonalcholic

drinks infused with black, apple and lemon mint leaves fresh

from the aquaponic system on the third floor. These will be served

with artisan vegan sweet and savoury nibbles. We aim for the food

and drink to be just as delicious as the debate!

 

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