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Paper Cuts, Siberia, Home & Singing

December 18, 2014

Pop along to Manchester Museum for some family fun over the Christmas holidays or return in January for English Corner, events about Siberia, a special film showing of Home and a WEA course on the long decline of the Romans. February kicks off with a Museum Sings workshop.

Nature Discovery activities: Paper cut Christmas cards and New Years calendars

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Dec, Sat 27-Tues 30 Dec & Sat 3-Sun 4 Jan, 11am-4pm.

Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars.

Free, Drop-in

English Corner

Tues 6 Jan, 1-2.30pm. Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.  January’s themes are Siberia and living in cold places.

WEA course – The long goodbye – how the Roman Empire ended

Start date: 14th Jan 2015 End date25 Mar 2015 weds 14.45 – 16.45 Cost: £65.10 (free to those in receipt of means tested benefits)

Course Description: This course will look at how Rome developed from a small territory to a huge empire by examining its culture and religions across Britain, Europe and the Middle East. We’ll focus on artefacts, from the everyday to the unique, to look at what they tell us about belief, industry, technology and work. In addition we’ll explore the principles of modern archaeology and the contribution of forensic techniques to the better understanding of the past

Course aims: To examine how Rome developed from a small territory to a huge empire by examining key archaeological sites across Britain, Europe and the Middle East, and to pick out the influence of Middle eastern culture including Christianity at this time.

Book here

A special screening of HOME

Thurs 22 Jan, 6-9pm. Doors Open 6pm, Film Screening 6.30, Discussion/Q&A 8.30pm.

A Bigger Picture Film Festival event – screening & discussion by Manchester Film Co-op of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s award-winning feature documentary watched by >600 million people worldwide since 2006, HOME.

“Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, on the first film to be entirely shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME. In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.”

This film will be screened in the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, which was also created to inspire us to look after our home – the gallery explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

Price: This is a family-friendly event (for children 8 years and above) Book your free seat(s) or phone 0161 275 2648 – donations for Manchester Film Co-Op will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Big Sat: Siberia

Sat 24 Jan, 11am-4pm. Visit our ‘Siberia: At the Edge of the World’ exhibition and discover more about the culture and unique nature of this vast, mysterious land; one and a half times bigger than Europe. Enjoy activities for all the family, from traditional music and arts to a guided tour of the exhibition. Meet curators and see objects from the Museum’s stores

Making a living in Kamchatka: Daily Life and the Spirit World of the Koryak

Sat 24 Jan, 2-3pm. Despite Stalin’s persecution of shamans in the 1930s, shamanic practices of communicating with animals and spirits are still alive and well today. Koryaks are mindful of their relationships with animals, spirits, and the land as they go about their everyday life. Rituals are special times for intense communication with these non-human beings, and everyone joins in. Find out more with Dr. Alexander D. King, University of Aberdeen.

Price: Book online or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

Course: Manchester Museum sings

Sun 1 Feb, 2-4.30pm. Fancy an afternoon of singing songs from around the world inspired by the Manchester Museum’s collections? Join Caroline Bithell, ethnomusicologist from The University of Manchester and member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, in an afternoon of thrilling rhythms and uplifting harmonies and then become part of a pop-up choir singing in the galleries. Songs will be taught by ear. All levels of singers welcome.

Price: Book online at or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults


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