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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.

Podcast – Carry On Collecting;Sex, Gender and Ethonography

June 18, 2015

If you missed Stephen Terence Welsh, our Living Cultures Curator speaking as part of the Sexology Season of events, organised by the Wellcome Collection, it’s available as a podcast here wellcomecollection.org/whats/talk-about-sex-podcasts

Carry on Collecting: Sex, Gender and Ethnography

Stephen Terence Welsh is Curator of Living Cultures and Honorary Research Fellow in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester. In this talk he draws attention to the historical ethnocentricity of museum displays and interpretation. Collections assembled in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were invariably informed by contemporary notions of gender and sex.

Chiefly male collectors misrepresented and misappropriated objects associated with concepts of gender and sex found beyond Europe to fit their own particular colonialist worldview. Sex was inextricably associated with childbirth, women with domesticity and men with warfare and violence. This Sexology Season event was recorded on 2 March 2015 at Manchester Museum

#lovetolearn Rapa Nui

June 12, 2015

For Adult Learners Week join Bryan Sitch, Manchester Museum’s Curator of Archaeology for a tour of our Making  Monuments Statues Of Easter Island exhibtion.  Book you place

mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or ring 0161 275 2648

Rapa Nui statues

Rapa Nui statues

Secrets of the Natural World. Thurs 11 Jun, 6-8pm

June 4, 2015

Originally posted on Herbology Manchester:

Join us on for an evening in the Museum on Thursday 11th June to uncover secrets from the natural world.

Curiosity drives scientists to try to understand complexity in the natural world. Join us for an evening of science conversation with scientists from The University of Manchester, Richard Bardgett, Reinmar Hager, Jon Pittman and Giles Johnson. Each scientist will be on hand to share their passion for their research, with lightening talks and hands-on demonstrations of their work in understanding complex natural systems, both above and below ground.

“A Journey into the Underworld” will illustrate research around soil ecosystems and carbon cycling, using exhibits of soil profiles and their vast biological diversity. “Mother Knows Best” will illustrate work around the genetics of social behaviour in animals using live invertebrates and choice chambers. “A Clean Sweep” will examine the adaptations of plants to natural radiation and their use in…

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Rapa Nui, English Corner, Collection Bites & Secrets of Nature

May 23, 2015

Rapa Nui is our theme for the May half term holidays. In June we’ve a busy couple of weeks for events for adults – English Corner, Collections Bites on an Egyptian theme, an evening of science with Secrets of Nature, an exhibition tour of Rapa Nui all combined with our regular Wednesday tours.

Mon 25 May-Fri 29 May, 11am-4pm.

Visit the Museum’s Making Monuments on Rapa Nui exhibition, and find out more about the monumental stone statues (or ‘moai’) of Rapa Nui (named Easter Island by European explorers). Discover the role they played in the lives of the islanders, how they were quarried and transported across the island, and what they mean.

Create statues of your own inspired by objects in the exhibition, including Moai Hava, a statue collected from Rapa Nui in 1868, on loan from the British Museum.

Drop in, free, families

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Tues 2 Jun, 1-2.30pm

English Corner

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

Drop in, free

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Wed 3 Jun, 1-2pm

Collection Bites: Egypt under the Roman empire

Dr Roberta Mazza, lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at The University of Manchester, will unravel everyday life in Egypt under the Roman empire, from the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra to the Arab invasion.

Pharaonic Egyptian past is well known and popular among people across the world for the fascination of mummies, tomb treasures and the millennial history of the Egyptian civilization. However, Roberta will also discuss Egypt’s history after the Pharaohs; a story of cultural layering as the region became annexed successively to the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs; presenting papyrus documents and archaeological objects from the Museum’s collections.

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

Thursday 11 June, 6-8pm

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Secrets of Nature

Curiosity drives scientists and a desire to understand complexity in the natural world. Join us for an evening of science conversation with scientists from The University of Manchester, Richard Bardgett, Reinmar Hager, Jon Pitman and Giles Johnson. Each scientist will be on hand to share their passion for their research, with lightening talks and hands-on demonstrations of their work in understanding complex natural systems, both aboveground and belowground.

“A Journey into the Underworld” will illustrate research around soil ecosystems and carbon cycling, using exhibits of soil profiles and their vast biological diversity. “Mother Knows Best” will illustrate work around the genetics of social behaviour in animals using live invertebrates and choice chambers along with animated videos. “A Clean Sweep” will examine the adaptations of plants to natural radiation and their use in bioremediation. Here visitors will be able to investigate bioremediation of natural radiation using Geiger counters in simulated scenarios. The “The Light Fantastic” will explore how plants respond to their environment, including changing climate, by extracting chlorophylls, measuring chlorophyll absorption spectra and photo. This event is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their Summer of Science.

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

Tues 16 Jun, 1-2pm.

Join curator Bryan Sitch for an exhibition tour of Making Monuments on Rapa Nui. Part of Adult Learners Week.

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

Building the great monuments of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – Saturday 23 May – 2-3pm

May 18, 2015

Sat 23 May, 2-3pm. Based on fieldwork on the island by Professor Colin Richards, an archaeologist at The University of Manchester, this talk will explore the social significance of the range of volcanic materials that are used in the construction of the ceremonial platforms (ahu), including the statues (moai) and topknots (pukao). The recent excavations and discoveries of the Rapa Nui: Landscapes of construction Project will also be presented as will an alternative interpretation of the prehistoric Rapa Nui social world.

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

Brighter Sound: Manchester After Dark

May 8, 2015

Brighter Sound: After Hours at Manchester Museum

Brighter Sound: After Hours at Manchester Museum
Thursday 14th May, 6-9pm, FREE

We are delighted to announce that Brighter Sound and Manchester Museum will be part of Creative Tourist’s After Hours programme of events in wider conjunction with Museums at Night taking place on Thursday 14th May. After Hours is a one night, city-wide programme of free events taking place across venues in Manchester. This year’s mix of new partnerships and musical mayhem takes in the places and spaces you don’t often get to after dark, when museums, galleries and libraries join together for a one-night, city-wide social.

Working in partnership with A Fine Line, we have taken up this year’s theme of ‘odd couplings’ to bring together composer and vocal sculptor Jason Singh and virtuoso guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, in the neo-Gothic surroundings of Manchester Museum. This collaborative project explores the potential of artists’ interdisciplinary collaborations with Traditional Indian arts practice.

 

‘Rice Farming’ by Ramesh Hengade

Jason and Giuliano spent an inspiring and exhilarating three weeks in the company of India’s Warli painters, Ramesh Hengade and Jivya Soma Mashe who are themselves exploring and experimenting beyond the boarders of tradition. The After Hours performance will encapsulate their sonic account of this journey and a musical animation of the museum’s collections set against a backdrop of Warli canvasses and images.

“I have been inspired both musically and visually by this commission. So much of what Giuliano and I experienced on our visit to the Warli village is reflected in the paintings that you will see around you at the performance. Using voice, acoustic guitar and a range of sampling technologies it is hoped that we have captured a small glimpse into the lives and spirituality of the Warli people.”

Jason Singh

Jason Singh is a sound artist, composer and vocalist whose music is generated through an ongoing exploration of the human voice in reaction to art, nature, technology and the world around us. His passion lies in multidisciplinary, cross art form collaborations where his musical talent can manifest in new and exciting ways.

Italian born Giuliano Modarelli’s unique and exceptionally innovative guitar style blends World Folk, Arabic, Flamenco, Latin and Eastern European sounds. His application of the Sarod technique has led to collaborations with masters of Hindustani music and his ability to subtly blend all that he has learnt enables him to create a true acoustic music for the modern world.

Come and join them for a night of innovation and eclectic excellence.

And Bad Language will also be performing in the Museum courtyard at 6pm.

Bad Language and the city: Linking together all the events taking place as part of Manchester After Hours are live literature supremos Bad Language. Walk the city to hear six stories at three special locations, choose one writer, or one venue – how you interweave these six standalone tales into the evening is up to you. Authors include Poet-in-Residence at the University of Dubuque, Iowa, Lauren K Alleyne, award-winning short story writer Carys Davies and local favourite, David Gaffney. Manchester Museum, 6pm-6.30pm; Central Library, 6.45pm-7.15pm; Museum of Science & Industry, 8pm-8.30pm (all drop in)

Manchester Museum, Thursday 14th May, 6pm – 9pm, Free

 

Jason Singh

 

Giuliano Modarelli

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