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The Study – For the curious, the makers, the searchers and the sharers

September 10, 2015

For the curious, the makers, the searchers and the sharers

The Study, Manchester’s space for new thinking opens on Friday 11 September.

Join us on Saturday 12 September for a day of full of workshops, talks and things to do.

Our partners in The Study Manchester Craft Mafia will be joining us for an Artisan Market from 10am to 4pm in our reception area. Or take part in Manchester Craft Mafia make workshops in the new Make are in The Study. From 11.30-1.30pm, Harriet Orrey-Godden will be showing you how to make elegant poppy seed heads from felt. Mandy Beck-McKim from 2.30-4pm will be creating wire bugs, looking at the Museum’s beetles to create structures, get creative using a range of knitting, weaving and wrapping techniques.

Felt Heads by Harriet Orrey-Godden

Felt Heads by Harriet Orrey-Godden

Knitted Bugs by Mandy Beck-McKim

Knitted Bugs by Mandy Beck-McKim

In The Study section, Discover, we’ll be joined by Manchester Scientists, from 11am to 4pm, who will be showing people how to find out how an iPone can support scientific research. Urban air pollution is a global problem. To tackle the issue requires novel measurements conducted across major cities around the world. Within the iSPEX-EU project a simple add-on for iPhones 4, to 5S enables citizens to collect such data. Now you can help improve scientific research.

Lightning talks will be taking place in the Share section of the Study. Pop by to hear some fascinating stories – all in 5 minute bite sizes.

12noon Ring-necked parakeets – Bryony Rigby

1pm Manchester Museum Youth Board – Elisha Bradley

2pm The Sperm Whale and Me – Matt Hallsworth

3pm The Max Robinow Collection – Exploring objects, archives and authenticity at Manchester Museum – Michelle Scott

At the 3pm, Vincent Walsh founder of the Biospheric Studio will be on hand to talk about their Greenhouse for the future installation in The Study. Using aquaponic methodology, a futuristic ecological greenhouse has been created containing fish (tanks of carp) and plants (mint). The nutrient-rich waste from the fish feeds the plants, which are grown within pillars. This living installation is a live research project which generates raw data available for analysis by schools, colleges and the general public. It also raises questions about food production processes in built environments.

Drawing material will be on hand all day, as will our new friendly The Study volunteers to help you explore the space.

The Phantoms of Congo River is first of our new research led temporary exhibitions. Nyaba L. Ouedraogo is a self-taught photographer born in Burkina Faso, and now working and living between Paris and West Africa. The Phantoms of Congo River is a photography exhibition which is both a ballad to, and a deconstruction of, Joseph Conrad’s famous 19th century novel Heart of Darkness, which explored European colonialism and racism through the journey of an ivory transporter down the Congo River


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