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China and the West

April 13, 2015

Manchester Museum has been collaborating with the Confucius Institute since our Journey to the East exhibition.

The Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute Free Public Talks on China 2015

China and the West – From the Opium Wars to Olympics

Professor David Law, Former Director of the Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University

In modern history, the West (Europe and the USA) has been a source of inspiration for some in China and a source of threat for others. Not so simple as a split between radicals and conservatives: the Boxer uprising was virulently anti-Western but the student radicals and the early Chinese communists (1919-1927) drew strength from Western ideas. With 1949, and the rule of the CCP, the new state was firstly in a mutually antagonistic ‘non-relationship’ with the West. Now, as symbolised by the 2008 Olympics, harmony has replaced discord. We will, in historical perspective’ and in the context of the international work of the Confucius Institutes, consider Chinese / Western interaction over the last two centuries.

Wednesday 22 April

1pm – 2pm

The Pear Theatre, Coupland 1 Building, Coupland Street (off Oxford Road on the main University campus), Oxford Road, M13 9PL

(Please note the venue change! This talk will NOT take place in the usual place at Manchester Museum)

Kind regards,

The CI team

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Shark, Cat and Bear – Easter at Manchester Museum

April 8, 2015

Mon 6-Sun 19 Apr, 11am-4pm.

Explore, discover and make stories at Manchester Museum this Easter. Don’t miss a visit to our newly renovated Nature Discovery gallery for under 5s and their families. Create sock puppet animals in our Discovery Centre and take them with you as you explore the museum galleries and see what, and how many other animals you can find.

English Corner at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery

April 2, 2015

ESOL offer at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum

We have three English Corner sessions per month.

The April dates are:

Daytime sessions
Tuesday 7 April 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Wednesday 8 April 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

Evening Sessions
Thursday 16 April 6.30-8 p.m at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

English Corner runs every month on the first Tuesday, second Wednesday and third Thursday.

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…

It was very nice and useful, because I could meet with another people, talk with them and see the different art objects. I like it! Thank you.

Collection Bites: Women and Weaving

March 10, 2015

Collection Bites: Women and Weaving in the South Pacific Islands

Wed 1 Apr, 1-2pm. Led by Alice Searle, aid worker and teacher, this hands on session will look at fans, baskets and mats from the islands of Fiji, Rotuma, Tonga and Tuvalu; islands of the South Pacific. There will be an opportunity for participants to handle objects and discuss the materials, processes and the cultural significance behind each piece.

Click here to book a place

March – Sexology, Food, Wonder Women and SICK!

February 28, 2015

March Museum Meets events start with a talk by our Living Cultures Curator Stephen Welsh – Carry on Collecting; Sex, Gender & Ethnography at Manchester Museum as part of the Wellcome Collection’s Sexology Manchester season.

Also on 2 March in the evening there is Innocent until proven guilty? the first of three debates which are part of the SICK! Festival. Why be normal? is on Tuesday 10 March and Is there such a rational thing as suicide? on Tuesday 17 March. Check out the SICK! website for more events across, including at the newly reopened Whitworth.

English Corner our monthly drop in English Conversation class is all about food on Tuesday 3 March at 1pm. Kiera Gould our trainee curator, Living Cultures, will be on hand with lots of food related objects from our collections.

March also sees the return of the Wonder Women Manchester’s feminist festival.  From 1-31 March with debate, music, art, gigs, bike tours, football, live literature and more. Over 35 organisations are taking part to shine a light on some of the incredible, creative and campaigning women working in Manchester and Salford today.

Women scientists have played a big role in the history of Manchester Museum but for 2015 we thought we’d invite Biomolecular Archaeologist, Konstantina Drosou to talk about her work and lead a hands-on practical science workshop (part of our Lever prize award winning Real World Science programme). It’s already fully booked but check out the Wonder Women website for a month’s worth of events – and watch out as we might run the workshop again.

Carry on Collecting: Sex, Gender & Ethnography at Manchester Museum

Mon 2 Mar, 1-2pm. Ethnographic collections formed in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were invariably informed by contemporaneous notions of gender and sex. The chiefly male collectors misrepresented and misappropriated objects associated with concepts of gender and sex, found beyond Europe, to fit their own particular colonialist world view. Sex was inextricably associated with child birth, women with domesticity and men with warfare and violence. This ethnocentric paradigm was reproduced in museum displays and interpretation. This talk is part of the Wellcome Collection’s Sexology Season

Innocent until proven guilty?

Mon 2 Mar, 7.30pm.

‘Only 1,070 rapists are convicted every year despite up to 95,000 people – the vast majority of them women – suffering the trauma of rape – according to the new research by the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics.’ The Independent, 10th January 2013.

In a supposedly progressive society which aims to protect the individual how can this be? Do our other values, such as the assumption of innocence until proven guilty have a role to play? Should this assumption be questioned for situations in which hard evidence beyond individual testimony is notoriously hard to come by? Or are there other ways in which the system needs to change to protect people from the most traumatic and often life-threatening crimes? Organised in partnership with SICK! Festival

Price: Book online, £4 (50% donated to St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre), adults

English Corner

Tues 3 Mar, 1-2.30pm. Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Price: Drop-in, free

Wonder Women

Sat 7 Mar, 1.30-4.30pm. To celebrate International Women’s Day and the Manchester Wonder Women season of events, take part in a hands-on practical science workshop with The University of Manchester Biomolecular Archaeologist, Konstantina Drosou. Konstantina will describe her current research, which involves extracting and analysing ancient human DNA. The workshop will explore the real-life applications of this research and will give you the opportunity to use our scientific equipment in The Lab at Manchester Museum. By analysing the available clues and completing a scientific practical, you can take on the role of a forensic expert to solve the mystery of some unknown human remains.

Fully Booked

Why be normal?

Tues 10 Mar, 7.30pm. The question Why Be Normal? is in one sense a challenge and a provocation: why do we have to act in conformity to long established cultural models, in particular with regard to our sexual preferences? Why not be different? From another perspective it asks us to consider why we do act and desire in the ways we do, either in conformity to, or divergence from a norm. It raises the question of personal choice and the effect of social or cultural context. In the background remains the persistent idea: We are what we are born with. Personal, cultural and biological factors are increasingly seen as interweaving to create the context in which we all individually answer the question: Why Be Normal?

Organised in partnership with SICK! Festival

Price: Book online , £4 (50% donated to the Lesbian & Gay Foundation), adults

Is there such a thing as a rational suicide?

Tues 17 Mar, 7.30pm. Suicide is so often seen as an essentially irrational act, wrapped up with misunderstandings of mental illness and the causes of profound unhappiness. ‘If only they had just thought this, done that’, ‘If only I could have been there. I know I could have made them see it differently’: These are common and not unreasonable feelings. But perhaps for some, it is a rational decision, made with a clear head, based on a reasonable response to conditions that are unchangeable and unmanageable. What are the implications of such a perspective for how we respond to suicide when it happens? How does this affect the nature of the role society needs to play in preventing suicide?

Organised in partnership with SICK! Festival

Price: Book online below, £4 (50% donated to charity), adults

Climate Science Big Saturday

February 27, 2015

Sat 28 Feb, 11am-4pm.

Big Saturday – Climate Science

Be a scientist for the day. Join researchers and curators in their quest to explore Earth’s climate. Discover how to reconstruct prehistoric environments, monitor present day conditions and predict future changes. Get to grips with scientific equipment, fossils and field samples or take part in a craft workshop. With activities for all the family.

In association with LJMU, MMU, The University of Manchester and the British Antarctic Survey.

Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

Anna Bunney

Curator of Public Programmes

Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

0161 306 1581 | Follow us on Twitter @McrMuseum @MuseumMeets

Blog –

Exhibitions: Siberia: At the Edge of the World, until 1 Mar 2015 | Dance of the Butterflies, opens 14 Feb 2015
Awards: Lever Prize 2015 for Real Life Science programme
Designated as an Outstanding Collection

Siberian Tours – Wed 11 Feb 1pm &

February 11, 2015

Exhibition tours

Wed 11 Feb, 1pm & Wed 25 Feb, 9am. An informal tour of our temporary exhibition ‘Siberia: At the Edge of the World’ by one of the exhibition curators Dmitri Logunov. This photographic and specimen-based exhibition presents the full diversity of Siberia and its complex natural history through stunning photographs of majestic Siberian landscapes, wildlife and local people, combined with numerous museum objects.

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

For the early tour, our Café has kindly offered a 10% discount.


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