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July 11, 2014

Collection Bites – a programme of monthly talks at Manchester Museum – take a closer look at the Museum’s collections; offering visitors an often unexpected insight into the many projects that take place and diverse range of objects. On Wednesday 2 July Dr. Hannah Cobb, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester, delivered a fascinating talk about an excavation that took place in Whitworth Park – not to mention some very curious discoveries.

Guiding us through the archaeological process, from pre-excavation to post-excavation, Hannah engaged her audience with a lively account of Whitworth Park’s history and the people who frequented it. Attendees were given the opportunity to come into contact with some of the artefacts uncovered during the excavation. They were shown all manner of objects, including clay tobacco pipes, children’s toys, early soft drinks bottles and a comb; prompting a discussion over the different ways the park might have been used. The Museum’s current exhibition, Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics will run until the 5October 2014. Inspired by the exhibition, the next Big Saturday event – Parklife – will take place on Saturday 12 July; offering interactive and craft-based activities for families, including games and much more. Both events are free and take place during the Festival of Archaeology.

On the Big Saturday there will be some tours of the exhibition and Whitworth park. At 11.30am & 1.30pm & 3.30pm: Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics exhibition tours Enjoy gallery tours find out more about the exhibition with University archaeologists Hannah Cobb & Sian Jones. And at 12.30 & 2.30pm: Whitworth Park tours: Discover more about the history of Whitworth Park with Kenneth Shone, Friends of Whitworth Park

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