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Egyptian Mummy portraits, English Corner, Art from Papua, Archive arts, Entomology poetry & Rock Drop

November 26, 2014

Egyptian Mummy portraits, English Corner, Art from Papua, Artists and Archive film screening , Entomology poetry & Rock Drop are all Museum Meets events over the next couple of weeks.

Thursday Tours

Thurs 27 Nov, 3pm. Take a closer look at our Egyptian Mummy portraits. Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free

English Corner

Tues 2 Dec, 1-2.30pm. Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Collection Bites: Art from Papua

Wed 3 Dec, 1-2pm. Trainee Curator Kiera Gould will talk about the Museum’s significant collections from New Guinea. She will look particularly at objects acquired in the 1970s as part of a project which aimed to promote traditional carving from Papua, separating objects from their previous associations with cannibalism head-hunting to promote their artistic quality and value for European museum collections.

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

Thursday Tours: Audio descriptive

Thurs 4 Dec, 3pm. For people who have a visual impairment.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free

Artists and Archive Film Screening

Thurs 11 Dec, 7-9pm in the Living Worlds Gallery. Manchester Museum in association with Bigger Picture Film Festival present a programme of artist films using archive footage and live performance. Featuring THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013) and NOAH’S ARK with live poetic narration from Nathn Jones (Mercy).

THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013, 78 minutes)

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer/guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

NOAH’S ARK (Sam Meech, 2010, 23 mins)

Commissioned as part of a residency at the North West Film Archive for AND Festival, Noah’s Ark uses only films from the archive collection to retell this classic tale of preservation. The film relocates the story to the North West – with Noah and his congregation based in a church in Hulme, the animals in Belle Vue Zoo, and Mount Ararat now a seaside town near Blackpool. The film will be presented in the Living Worlds gallery (which also features in the piece) with a live performance from poet Nathan Jones of Mercy.

Price: £5, please book here

Entomology with Helen Clare

Thurs 11 Dec, 6-8pm. Ex-science teacher, ex-literature development worker, ex-Arts Council Education Officer, Helen Clare has been professionally involved in just about anything that involves creative writing, science and learning. She is also, of course, a poet. From the Assassin Bug to the Tear-Drinking Moth, from the Solitary Bee to the Common Wasp, in these sonnets the precision of science uncovers a drama of loss and despair, new love and unstoppable desire. ‘Entomology’ is her new set of poems inspired by visits to Manchester Museum. Join us for a festive evening with readings by Helen Clare and a chance to see some of the insect specimens from the Manchester Museum shown by our entomology expert, Dr Dmitri Logonov.

Price: Book on 0161 306 1581 or email, free, adults

Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions

Thurs 11 Dec, 2-3pm. Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be available once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and fossils.

Price: Drop-in, free

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