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Climate Control

May 8, 2016

We hear about climate change on the news and in the newspapers. Climate change is happening all around us, but this isn’t the time to ignore it, it’s the time to get really, really, creative. Manchester Museum will be staging a series of exhibitions and events for visitors to explore what kind of future they hope for, and what it would take to help make that a reality. Look out for amazing Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife, Peppered Moths, tropical frogs, opportunities to make a model of a future Manchester, and much, much more besides.

The programme is being developed in partnership with the Tyndall Centre and Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and Manchester A Certain Future, the city’s climate change agency.

The Climate Control exhibition opens on 11 May, with the first Climate Control event linking in with Manchester Museum at Night.

After Hours: Climate Control

Thursday 12 May

6-9pm

Polar Bears, Peppered Moths and tropical frogs are all present in this new exhibition exploring climate change. Visitors are challenged to ask what kind of future they hope for, and what it would take to help make it a reality. Manchester After Hours A one night only, city wide social. A mix of odd couplings and unexpected partnerships. A chance for you to get into places and spaces not normally open after hours. It’s Museums at Night, It’s Manchester After Hours.

After Hours: SEE-SAW presents an interactive, live drawing event at Manchester Museum

Thursday 12 May

6.30pm- 10pm

Sound and image come together in these artist-led drawing sessions within the stunning setting of the Living Worlds gallery. Join in and see your work projected in the space alongside atmospheric, immersive performances scored by sound artist JC.  Performances 8 and 9.3pm. @seesawprojects Manchester After Hours A one night only, city wide social. A mix of odd couplings and unexpected partnerships. A chance for you to get into places and spaces not normally open after hours. It’s Museums at Night, It’s Manchester After Hours.

Crafty Climate

Wednesday 25 May

11am-1pm

Drop by to Make section in The Study for a crafty morning with climate inspired crafts.  Bring your own make or have a go at our climate crafts.  Drop in, free, adults.

 

Big Saturday: Rainforest

Saturday 28 May

11am-4pm

A day bursting with hands-on craft and art activities for all the family. Find out what life is like in the Rainforest.  Discover the incredible diversity of life as you see some of the insects and animals from the Museum’s collection. You can also find out more about some of the Museum’s live animals.  Meet experts and discover more about the Vivarium’s conservation work.

 

The Urban Naturalist

Sunday 29 May

2-4pm

Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep. Identification of our native amphibians and an introduction to surveying. Most people think they can identify a common frog…but would you be sure it’s not a common toad? Do you know the difference between a smooth newt and palmate newt and would you confidently be able to identify a great crested newt? This workshop will explain how to identify the five amphibian species which are common in the North West. It will also include a brief overview of the lifecycle of each species, their habitat requirements and how to survey for them. If you know where to look for amphibians they are fairly easy to see, so if you’d like to find these spectacular animals for yourself this event is for you. The workshop will be led by David Orchard who has worked with the conservation of amphibians locally for over 20 years. The Urban Naturalist is part of Museum Meets, The Manchester Museum’s year round programme for adults.

Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

 

Marvellous Moths

Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June

11am-4pm

Be inspired by the story of Manchester’s peppered moth in the Museum’s newly opened Climate Control exhibition, and explore the idea that we can’t change the past but we can change the future.  Join us to create a growing art installation of peppered moths.

Drop-in, free, all ages

Family Friendly Film Screening of Ice Age

Friday 3 June

2pm-3pm

Enjoy a family friendly film screening of Ice Age to celebrate two of our current exhibitions – Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals and Climate Control. Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

 

Climate Control Film Festival

Sunday 5 June, Sunday 3 July, Sunday 7 August and Sunday 4 September

Climate has been represented in many different ways in films – join Manchester Museum and the Centre for History Science, Technology and Medicine for a festival of climate control films ranging from the Grapes of Wrath, the Day After Tomorrow, to Frozen and the Island President.

Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

 

Manchester and the Peppered Moth

Saturday 11 June

3-4pm

Genetics expert Laurence Cook and Head of Collections Henry McGhie will talk about the evolution of the Peppered Moth and its strong links to Manchester’s history and development. Part of the Museum’s Climate Control Season.

Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

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