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Science Uncovered: Manchester

August 14, 2015

European Researcher’s Night Presents:

Science Uncovered: Manchester

Manchester Museum

6pm – 10pm

Manchester is home to many amazing scientists and their ground breaking research. We’ve brought them together for an after-hours takeover. Come along for an evening of lightning talks, debates, researcher speed dating, music – and the Museum as you’ve never seen it before.

Activities will include research stations where you can meet scientists and researchers face to face and hear about their fascinating research; from meteorites to DNA and cells. You can even find out about animal mummies before our forthcoming exhibition opens in October.

Enjoy flash talks and workshops in our new space; The Study, and mingle with scientists at our speed dating event in the café. We’ll have music and performance as well, and museum staff on hand to offer insights into our collection.

Science Uncovered : Manchester is part of Science Uncovered at the National History Museum. Find out what they’ve got planned Natural History Museum website

This European Researcher’s Night is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

Treasure Big Sat

August 5, 2015

Thanks to MattHitchcock from the University of Manchester Archaeology Society, whose written a guest post for us about our most recent Big Sat. Matt volunteered on the day, to help out with object handling.

Big Sat Treasure – Saturday 1 August

Last Saturday saw Manchester Museum hold its most recent Big Saturday – with the theme of Treasure. The aim is to engage members of the public, particularly families with children, with the more wondrous elements of the museum’s collection. Treasure can be interpreted in a variety of ways and the idea was to encourage younger museum-goers to discover the object or objects which were the most special, exciting and fantastic to them.

The Discovery Centre was at the hub of the event, with a wide range of activities on offer. Young treasure-hunters were making their own explorer hats and binoculars so to be well-equipped and ‘wonder jars’ filled with fantastic creatures and scenery.

Elsewhere clay ‘pottery-making’ was on offer, with a tutorial on Greek and Roman styles, although of course many new pot-styles were invented. An object handling table with objects from the natural history, anthropology and archaeology collections where explorers could get hands-on with the magnifying-glasses was also popular, together with a slide-show about how archaeological ‘treasure’ gets from the ground to the museum collections. After some creativity, explorers were given a treasure map in order to find a particular museum object on each floor, with a space on the back to draw the museum object which was most special to them.

The event was busy and bustling with a fantastic turnout, loads of great creations and adults as engaged with the activities as the children.

Here’s a comment from one of our visitors.

‘I was surprised by everything. A great day out for the family’

The next Big Saturday is Bees and Butterfiles on Saturday 26September.

Matt Hitchcock

UoM ArchSoc Museum Liaison

English Corner – Sunflowers and Rocks

July 30, 2015

Manchester Museum’s next English Corner (drop in English Conversation classes) is on Tuesday 4 August from 1-2.30pm.

Thanks to all our learners who come

‘So great as always. I learned many new words and enjoyed the garden. Moreover, we planted sunflowers and I can’t wait to seem hem. They would be beautiful flowers. Thanks.’

Sunflowers planted by English Corner learners

Sunflowers planted by English Corner learners

August’s session will be on the theme of Rocks and Fossils.

Ammonite

Ammonite

English Corner is also held at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth – all August’s dates are below.

Daytime sessions
Tuesday 4 August 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL Wednesday 12 August 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL NEW Friday 28 August 10.30-12 at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, M15 6ER

Evening Sessions
Thursday 20 August 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….

I like very much the “English Corner” It helped me to improve my English. The teacher did great job!!!

Please note, We welcome groups but you must book.
If you’d like to come to English Corner at Manchester Art Gallery as a group, please contact Ruth Edson at r.edson@manchester.gov.uk to book a slot.
If you’d like to come as a group a session a Manchester Museum, please contact Anna Bunney at Anna.Bunney@manchester.ac.uk
If you’d like to come as a group to the whitworth, please contact Ed Watts at ed.watts@manchester.ac.uk

We allow one group of up to 10 learners to attend each session. Individual learners are very welcome to all sessions.
Groups can also book a private session for a fee of £75 or have a free 20 minute introduction.

 

Colossal Statues Make Big Impression

July 24, 2015

Colossal Statutes Make Big Impression

What connects: Ramesses the Great, Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Queen meeting James Bond for London 2012?

Egyptian super-sculptures of course, and all of the above made an appearance in last week’s brilliant Museum Meets talk by Dr Campbell Price, entitled “Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt”.

Manchester Museum’s Curator of Egypt & Sudan gave a fascinating insight into how perceptions of these iconic sculptures have changed over the centuries, from middle-eastern appreciation of artistic form to museum-housed pieces of inspiration to the Romantic poets (that’s where Ramesses the Great and Shelley come in).

Ramessses The Great© Trustees of the British Museum

Ramessses The Great© Trustees of the British Museum

Ramesses the Great

© Trustees of the British Museum

The talk also shed light upon the function and meaning of these awesome statues to the ancient Egyptians themselves, from villager to Pharaoh (that’s where the Queen playing the Queen comes in).

In creating his lecture, Dr Price was inspired in turn by the museum’s own resident colossal(ish) statue – Moai Hava – which forms part of the current Rapa Nui exhibition and will be on display for the next five years.

 

Moai Hava @Joe Gardner

Moai Hava @Joe Gardner

Moai Hava

Joe Gardner

“Making Monuments on Rapa Nui” runs until early September so why not come visit Manchester Museum this summer to see if a bit of colossal statue viewing inspires the creator in you.

Thank you to Louise Thomas from our Visitor Team for her guest blog post.

Making Sustainability boring is a crime?

July 16, 2015

As part of the Manchester Museum’s Sustainaiblity Summer School, on Thursday 23 July, 1.30-2.30pm there is an opportunity to hear some leading thinkers on sustainability.

Making sustainability boring is a crime

Join Steve Conor, co-founder and CEO of Creative Concern and the editor of On The Platform as he talks about why he thinks making sustainability boring is a crime.

He specialises in ethical and sustainability issues, integrated campaigns, city strategies, brand development and creating strange installations out of trees, lights and beautiful type. Particular areas of expertise include climate change, place making, transport, food issues and the natural environment.

Cities and Sustainability

Lu Yang a Sustainability and Environmental Consultant at Arup with a post-graduate degree in Town Planning and Environmental Management, will explore how cities can be sustainable.

Lu has over four years of experience of delivering consulting services in the fields of corporate sustainability, city resilience, social value accounting, building sustainability, environmental management and environmental impact assessment.

Sustainable Technologies: The Crystal & Biogasification

Michael Graham, a Graduate Mechanical Engineer in the Arup Energy Consulting team based in Manchester will give an insight into technologies behind sustainability.

Since joining Arup in September 2014, Michael has worked on a range of energy infrastructure and consultancy projects. His technical, problem solving and analytical skills gained at University have been utilised to great effect in projects focusing on distributed energy modelling, financial modelling, options appraisals and energy centre commissioning.

All the talks will take place in the Museum’s Kanaris Theatre and are free and drop in. After the talks there will also be an opportunity to see stalls from leading NW sustainaiblity companies in Manchester Museum’s stunning Living Worlds gallery.

The Manchester Museum Sustainability Summer school is

Supported by the NWBLT as part of Manchester Museum’s 2015 Lever Prize for the Real Life Science programme.

Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt

July 14, 2015

Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt

Fri 17 Jul, 1-2pm

Like the Rapa Nui, the ancient Egyptians are well-known for creating impressive, over-lifesize stone statues. This talk explores the means of quarrying, transport and activation of colossi in ancient Egypt, and asks why we find such monuments so appealing.

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

English Corner sessions: July 2015

July 2, 2015

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

Join us to practise your English speaking and listening skills. It’s a free English conversation class for anyone wanting to improve their English.

Sessions now run at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

On 7 July we’ll be exploring the Allotment at Manchester Museum and finding out about plants and food.

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English Corner at Manchester Museum 

Details for English Corner are below

Daytime sessions

Tuesday 7 July 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Wednesday 8 July 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL
NEW Friday 24 July 10.30-12 at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, M15 6ER

Evening Sessions

Thursday 16 July 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.

What is English Corner?


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

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 love today’s English Corner because I met people from different countries and we appreciated some self-portraits which helped me to understand the art works better. What’s more, I learned new words and how to express them.

Please note, We welcome groups but you must book.

If you’d like to come to English Corner at Manchester Art Gallery as a group, please contact Ruth Edson at r.edson to book a slot.
If you’d like to come as a group a session a Manchester Museum, please contact Anna Bunney at Anna.Bunney
If you’d like to come as a group to the whitworth, please contact Ed Watts at ed.watts

We allow one group of up to 10 learners to attend each session. Individual learners are very welcome to all sessions.
Groups can also book a private session for a fee of £75 or have a free 20 minute introduction.

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