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Manchester Museum January Events

December 18, 2015

English Corner

Tues 5 Jan, 1-2.30pm

Drop-in, free, adults

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

Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions

Thursday 21 January, 2-3pm

Drop-in, free, adults

Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be available once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and fossils.

After the Bees: What makes a story?

Sat 23 Jan, 2-4pm

Book or ring 0161 275 2648 free, adults

What makes a story? Create a visual storyboard for “After the Bees’ project by drawing, writing and editing our film script.

‘After the bees’ is a series of visual artworks collaborating, moving image, portraiture, photography, arts writing
and sculpture, exploring the narrative premise of Einstein’s prediction “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”.
‘After the bees’ is a presentation of different modes of language: visual, poetic, myth, storytelling, scientific and factual, producing a dialogue about bees, which relate to ideas of connectivity and attachment.

The project will be informed by beekeepers, ecologists and sustainability experts, producing an original narrative exploring the conservation issues affecting bees through artistic practice.

The project will result in a screening, exhibition of photography and artist talk at Manchester Museum in 2016.
This will be followed by a talk at Manchester City Gallery, a solo show at Winterbourne House and Gardens, and a research seminar with postgraduate students of the Art History department at The University of Manchester.


Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Surgery

Friday 22 January


Drop-in, free, adults

Finds surgery for recording and identification of objects found by members of the public from prehistory to 1700s, including metalwork, flint and pottery.

Icon Dance Workshop

Wednesday 27 January


Book, anna.bunney or 0161 306 1581, free, adults

Icon Dance company is working with Museums across the country tocreate professional dance which responds to how people experience their collections and spaces.

Join us at Manchester Museum to become part of the research process, working alongside professional dance artists and educators as we explore museum spaces and re-imagine collection objects.

The findings from this project will shape a major tour of dance for museums in 2016/17 and this is your chance to be part of it!

As a participant you will:

Explore Manchester Museum’s objects and spaces with Icon’s Creative Learning team in fun, creative ways

Work directly with Icon’s artistic team, including Creative Director Martin Joyce and Assistant Choreographer

Alex Newton

Provide inspiration and stimuli for professional choreography which will be created and performed in situ in the museum on the same day by Icon’s dancers

No dance experience or knowledge of the museum collection is necessary – you will be guided through the workshop by specialists. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day, but you will not need to dance unless you wish to.




The Urban Naturalist

Saturday 30 Jan, 2-4pm

Book, or ring 0161 275 2648 free, adults

Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

Taster tours
Every Tues & Thurs, 1pm
Drop-in (no need to book), free, meet at the Information Desk (Floor G)
Come and join one of our Visitor Services Assistants for a tour and learn more about some of the fascinating objects on display at the Museum. Tours are drop-in and focus on different aspects of the Museum and its collections each time.

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