Skip to content

Manchester Histories Festival at Manchester Museum

March 14, 2014

Manchester Histories Festival starts on 21 March and runs to 30 March. There are hundreds of events across the city and the Museum is participating with the following

I Heart MCR Big Sat

Sat 22 Mar, 11am-4pm

Drop in, free

There are many fascinating stories behind the objects at Manchester Museum. Find out about Maharaja the elephant’s walk from Edinburgh to Manchester’s Belle Vue Zoo as well as many other object secrets. Investigate our Manchester Gallery and discover more about our Roman histories and Manchester’s geological past.

Family, drop-in, free

Roman & Dark Age Manchester, Showcase Seminar Talk

Sat 22 March, 11am-2pm

Drop in, free.

This illustrated talk about the Roman origins of the pre-industrial settlement of Manchester explores the fascinating history and archaeology of the city. The story of the Roman fort with its changing garrisons and soldiers recruited from different parts of the Empire will be told, drawing on the rich evidence revealed by excavations. The site of the Roman fort of Manchester, though badly disturbed by development during the Industrial Revolution, was excavated by the Edwardians. More recently the civilian settlement was excavated by the late Prof Barri Jones of the University of Manchester. Later the focus of the settlement shifted away from the fort site. The speaker, Andrew Fear, from the University of Manchester’s Classics and Ancient History Department will explore the little-known story of Manchester after the Romans left Britain.

Roman Object Handling

Sat 22 March, 12-1pm

Drop in, free

Come along and see some objects from the museum’s collection related to Roman Manchester. As part of the Manchester Histories Festival.

Family, drop-in, free

Exploring African Medicinal and Religious Objects @ Manchester Museum

Saturday 22nd March, 2-3pm

Manchester Museum

An object-orientated event exploring African medicinal and religious artefacts held in the collections of Manchester Museum. Speakers will highlight some important objects from the museum’s collection and critically examine the role of collectors donating African medico-religious artefacts over the years.

Contact: Bryn.James(Researcher in Residence, Manchester Museum)

Bryn's image


Romans in Ancient Worlds Tour

Wed 26 March, 2pm-3pm

Drop-in, free

The Roman Manchester tour explores some of the fascinating discoveries from excavations in Roman Manchester including pottery, jewellery, inscriptions and the internationally famous Manchester word-square, which may the earliest evidence of Christianity in northern Britain. Christians were persecuted by the Roman authorities at different times and had to hide their religious beliefs. You will find out how the letters of the word-square inscription can be rearranged to create part of the Lord’s prayer in Latin. You will also find out how the bones of mice found in a large Roman pot can tell us about what the environment was like in Manchester two thousand years ago and what the soldiers got up to when they went off duty. Some of the exhibits lent by Manchester Art Gallery and Salford Museum and Art Gallery are displayed here for the first time in many years.

The PUBLIC-ENGAGEMENT list is archived at:

POSTER Exploring African Medicinal and Religious Objects.pdf

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: