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Beewalk, Michael Wood, Tai Chi and Wonderstruck singing

August 7, 2014

From now til the end of September there are a number of Museum Meets events – everything ranging from a talk about Whitworth Park at War, Urban Naturalists – Beewalk and Weather, English Corner, Collection Bites on Tai Chi, Oxjam taking over AfterHours, a talk by Professor Michael Wood about Alexander the Great and a singing workshop.

Whitworth Park at War

Wednesday 20 August

1-2pm. Join Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Dr Melanie Giles, as she uncovers the many uses of Whitworth Park during wartime.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum, free, adults

Urban Naturalist

Saturday 30 August


Manchester is the city of the bees. Join our short walk around the nearby streets to find out more. Bees are industrious pollinators living in a strict social and working hierarchy. Just like the industrial city, they produce many useful and popular products, honey, wax, propolis. Hear more about these and about the delicate balance between our only domesticated insect and the people of Manchester, a balance that is looking distinctly uncertain. Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum, £3

English Corner

Tuesday 2 September 1pm

Free conversation classes for people learning to speak English.


Collection Bites – Tai Chi Animal Influences

Wed 3 Sep


Join Colin Hughes as he explores this ancient Chinese health and martial art and its influences from the Animal Kingdom. Expect to try some gentle Tai Chi moves as Colin explains how animals as diverse as a silkworm, snake, squid and stork, bear, tiger and dragon have influenced how Tai Chi has developed, and is now practiced primarily as an exercise for health. Ancient masters observed how animals moved and mimicked aspects of their form and movement as they developed the graceful exercise and fighting forms that we now know as Tai Chi.

Book on 0161 306 1581 or museum

After Hours: Oxjam Take Over

Thursday 4 September 5.30-9pm

Join us as we team up with Oxjam for an eclectic evening exploring how music plays an integral part in cultures around the world and can help galvanise the fight against global poverty.

There will be objects on show from our Living Cultures collection, craft activities, talks and film showings. Later Oxjam will take over our stunning Living Worlds gallery to showcase local musicians in the run up to their annual Northern Quarter fundraising festival (4 and 5 October ) for Oxfam in 2013.

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

Monday 15 September, 6-8pm

‘In The Footsteps of Alexander the Great: a fresh look at an epic In this talk, Professor Michael Wood will look again at the story of Alexander the Great, whose amazing journeys of conquest he re-traced in 1998. He will update the story with new material from the currently beleaguered areas of Syria and Northern Iraq, and illustrate his talk with stunning pictures of the regions Alexander visited and with clips from his documentary series.

Book on 0161 306 1581 or museum

Wonderstruck Singing Workshop

Sat 27 & Sun 28 Sep, 1.30-4.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Would you like to perform in Manchester Museum as part of a remarkable Weekend of Wonder?

We’re looking for keen singers to participate in Wonderstruck, an exciting large-scale performance taking place over the weekend of 15-16 November 2014.

Created by Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Boff Whalley, and inspired by the Museum’s collections, Wonderstruck will combine text, movement and song to create a weekend of wonderful surprises for Museum visitors.

We’re putting together a special choir of volunteer singers to take part, with original songs composed especially for them by Boff Whalley, formerly of pop-punk-folk band Chumbawamba.

Are you happy to sing a capella? Interested in trying something a bit different? Available for some evening and weekend rehearsals in November?

Come along to this introductory workshop to meet Dan, Sarah and Boff, and find out more.

All keen singers welcome, male or female, old or young. You don’t need to be able to read music, you don’t need to be an opera singer: if you like to sing, we’d like to meet you.

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