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Poets, CT Scanning Mummies, Bats & more

October 3, 2014

October is a busy month at Manchester Museum – here are our adult events that are taking place, with a chance to practise your English, hear award winning poets, and participate in Manchester Science Festival.

English Corner

Tues 7 Oct, 1–2.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Manchester Literature Festival: Pascale Petit
Wed 8 Oct, 7pm
Book on 0843 208 0500 or, £6/£4 concessions, adults
Take a wild trip from the Rainy City to the City of Light. Join Manchester Prize-winning poet Pascale Petit as she launches her sixth collection, Fauverie. Her previous collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was Jackie Kay’s Book of the Year in The Observer. Drawing on a time when Petit was in Paris to spend time with her dying father, Fauverie explores the savage aspects of the city, the darker elements of human nature and the grace and power of endangered animals – and, fittingly, the event will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the Manchester Museum’s Living Worlds Gallery. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Cave Hunting 140 Years On: Late Ice Age Humans in Britain

Fri 17 Oct, 7-8pm

Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free, adults

William Boyd Dawkins (1837–1929) was the first curator of the Manchester Museum and the first Professor of Geology in The University of Manchester. He pioneered many aspect of ice age research and cave archaeology in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. With Professor Paul Pettitt from the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. Paul is an expert on the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic archaeology of Europe with particular interests in cave art, radiocarbon dating, the demise of the Neanderthals, funerary archaeology, and the archaeological record of human activity in ice age environments in Britain. Like William Boyd Dawkins, he has worked at Cresswell Crags and the world famous site of Kent’s Cavern. In 2003 he co-discovered Britain’s only examples of Palaeolithic cave art. Paul’s lecture will explore what we know about human societies in Britain at the close of the last glacial period.

Old Wives Tales?

Thurs 23 Oct, 2-4pm

Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free, adults

Taking inspiration from the Museum’s fascinating material medical collection, explore our relationship to medicine through conversation and creative writing. Chat about family remedies and whether there’s any truth behind natural cures. Take part in simple poetry exercises to compose your own piece about your experiences and memories. With poet Tony Sheppard and Curator of Botany, Rachel Webster. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Urban Naturalist: Bats
Sat 25 Oct, 2-4pm
Book on 0161 275 2648 or, £3, adults
Do you know your Pipistrelle from your Noctule? These are just two of the 18 species of bats found in the UK. Join Steve Parker from the South Lancashire Bat Group in an exploration of all things Chiroptera (scientific name for the only mammal that can truly fly.) Urban Naturalist is a series of friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

CT-scanning the Manchester Mummies

Mon 27 Oct, 1-2pm

Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free, adults

A new look beneath the bandages of several of the Manchester Museum’s 20 human mummies, examined using CT-scans and interpreted by former consultant Dr Bob Loynes. A brief explanation of CT scans – how they work and how they can be used to discover the mysteries of ancient Egyptian mummification techniques. The unique collection of Egyptian mummies in Manchester Museum has recently undergone investigation using CT scanning and some of the results will be used to illustrate this modern medical imaging procedure and its contribution to Egyptology. Part of Manchester Science Festival.


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