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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


Book, 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


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


Book on 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

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

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

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.


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

Hosted by Vincent Walsh, Biospheric Studio


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:


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


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!


FREE Study day 14/11/15 – ‘Discovering Animal Mummies’

November 5, 2015

Source: FREE Study day 14/11/15 – ‘Discovering Animal Mummies’

Animal Mummies Gift for the Gods, English Corner, Collection Bites and Day School

November 2, 2015

Gift for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed is our latest temporary exhibition at Manchester Museum.

In November there are a number of exhibition events

Tuesday 3 November drop by at 1pm for English Corner, our monthly free English conversation classes, all on the theme of gift giving.

Thursday 5 November at 1pm join exhibition curator and University of Manchester scientist Dr Lidija McKnight for Collection Bites. Lidija will delve into the British encounters with animal mummies from explorers to sponsors, from curators to researchers, using animal mummies from Manchester Museums collections. Book on eventbrite.

And then on Saturday 14 November there is a free full day school, packed full of talks exploring different themes behind the exhibition. Book your place on eventbrite.

FoodHavk: Shrooming the Technos and Materia Medica meets CurArtive

October 26, 2015

Join us in the Study at Manchester Museum on Thursday 29 October for two evening events, part of the Manchester Science Festival.

Materia Medica meets CurArtive

Several modern medicines have been derived, developed and synthesised from unlikely organic material. This evening challenges preconceptions about modern pharmaceuticals; and questions our relationship with both ‘big pharma’ and natural remedies. Artist Lucy Burscough will be on hand to share her process and you’ll be able to see her paintings of patients also on display within the Central Manchester NHS Trust. Drop by to the Study to meet people behind the project, museum objects from the Museum of Medicine and from the Manchester’s Museums material medica collections, take part in needle felting or just enjoy a drink.

Food Hack: Shrooming the Techno

The Biospheric Studio has developed the first hyperlocal mushroom farm in Manchester, supplying some of the best restaurants in the city. Are you a great north-west based technologist? Come and break the rules with us and rethink the way we can integrate ecology and technology to produce food in the future.

Free but booking essential via

Stone Flowers perform at Manchester Museum

October 19, 2015

On Saturday 24 October, Stone Flowers musicians will be Stone Flowers members will be showcasing their musical work at Manchester Museum.

Come and talk to our team and watch the performance.

Stone Flowers project came into existence in response to the Musicians’ Union campaign against the use of music as a form of torture in Gauntanamo. Stone Flowers members are refugees and asylum seekers who survived torture and had to flee their home countries.

In partnership with Freedom from Torture North West, Music Action International organise therapeutic music sessions aimed at reducing the effects of trauma and other psychological after-effects of torture. Since 2011, they have supported around 80 survivors of torture with their rehabilitation.

We’re delighted to be able to welcome Stone Flowers to the Museum where they will be performing in our new space – The Study.

Free, Drop in.

Times: 11.30am and 2pm


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