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From the War of Nature – events for families and adults

April 16, 2014

From the War of Nature is our new temporary exhibition at Manchester Museum. You can catch a film preview or why not join us for one of the events for families and adults over the next few weeks.

Big Saturday: Plants, Poisons, Platypuses – Sat 26 April 11am-4pm

Come along and bring all the family to a day of discovery. Find out more about the adaptations and characteristics plants and animals use to survive and how humans have learned from nature. Meet scientists and get hands on and do some experiments of your own. See fascinating objects from the museum’s stores, and find out more about the interactions between animals and plants when they want different things from one another: predators and prey, hosts and parasites, competitors, males and females, parents and young. Get crafty and create your own paper creatures to take away.

Urban Naturalist: Urban Wildlife – Sat 26 April 2-4pm

Join the RSPB to find out more about your local wildlife and how to encourage and give nature a home. We are living in an increasingly urbanised world, which has huge implications for our wildlife, some is thriving, such as our charismatic Peregrine Falcon, whilst other well loved species are slowly disappearing from our lives, without us even noticing, do you still get that hedgehog visiting your garden? Come along to our workshop and find out what is happening to our urban wildlife, and take part in exploring ideas and tips to give nature a home in your urban space, no matter how big or small. Please come armed with any questions or suggestions about how you want to develop, or have developed your outdoor space for wildlife. Urban Naturalist is a series of friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists Book on 0161 275 2648, £3.

Collection Bites: From the War of Nature – Wed 7 May 1-2pm

Join Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, as he explores some of the extraordinary ways in which animals have negotiated the conflict that exists between them, using specimens from the Museum collection as a basis for discussion. He will also explore ‘speciesism’, treating different species in different ways, and how we think of ourselves as part of the natural world. Book on 0161 275 2648 or, adult, free

Lunchtime exhibition talks: From the War of Nature Fri 16, 23, 30 May & 6 June 1-2pm

Join us for a series of talks, lead by Scientists from Manchester University, that explore the recent scientific discoveries and relationships between living things, exploring the place of war in nature and the idea of a ‘struggle for existence’. Fri 16, 23, 30 May & 6 June 1-2pm, Kanaris Theatre

Afterhours: Survival – Thurs 22 May 6.30-9pm

Encounter the unexpected… Enjoy a highlights tour of the exhibition, see and handle some amazing objects from the museum’s stores and join us for an evening that explores relationships in nature. See artwork and installations from students from Stockport College’s Arts, Design and Media department which have been inspired by the museum and exhibition. Over the past four years, the Arts, Design and Media department at Stockport College has forged a reciprocal relationship with Manchester Museum, taking creative inspiration from its rich resources and producing visual material for display in the museum and beyond. Drop-in, adult, free

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