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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • The Inspiration of Shabtis – an Artist’s Perspective
    A blog from artist Linda Livesey about how our mass display of shabtis inspired her work. I am a mature student at Manchester School of Art, studying Creative Practice, a part time studio degree programme.  Ceramics is my speciality within … Continue reading →
    Posted on 14 April 2014 | 5:21 pm
  • Texts in Translation #13: The Stela of Sobek-khu (Acc. no. 3306)
    “In the stela of Sebek-khu the Manchester Museum possesses one of the most important historical documents ever found in Egypt.” So wrote Thomas Eric Peet, exactly 100 years ago, about this rather crudely executed, 28cm-high limestone stela (Acc. No. 3306). … Continue reading →
    Posted on 10 April 2014 | 3:31 pm
  • MAES Lecture 14/4/14: Prof. Rosalie David – The Priests of Ancient Egypt
    The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society Bob Partridge Memorial Lecture will be given by Prof. Rosalie David The Priests of Ancient Egypt, Practioners of Magic and Medicine Monday 14th April, 7:30pm Days Inn, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL All welcome   The … Continue reading →
    Posted on 7 April 2014 | 12:14 pm

Palaeo Manchester

  • Brainstorming Siberia
    Originally posted on The ultimate journey around Siberia!:Yesterday I was standing on the balcony of my friends apartment and watching the outskirts of Novosibirsk from the 7th floor. It could have been any city in the world – Seoul or Moscow or any other big city. A child was climbing a huge pile of…
    Posted on 13 March 2014 | 11:15 am
  • Favourite Object from the Collection
    Originally posted on Ancient Worlds:Collections Team with their favourite objects Here we all are in this morning’s team meeting with our favourite objects. Kate had a shark’s jaw bone with some nasty looking teeth, Steve had a copy of the Salford register because it had details of the most important ethnographic objects in the Museum…
    Posted on 4 March 2014 | 12:43 pm
  • Stan the T. rex – A Day in the Life
    Originally posted on Stories from the Museum Floor:He’s a big bipedal beast and he lives in Manchester! It is, of course, Stan the T. rex - one of the museum’s most popular exhibits. At an impressive 13 feet tall (at the hips) and some 40 feet in length, Stan dominates the Fossils Gallery invoking gasps of delight…
    Posted on 28 February 2014 | 11:14 am

FROG BLOG MANCHESTER

  • What we see
    A recent lunchtime Vivarium tour group comprised just one visitor;  Michael Gilligan from the Manchester Microscopical and Natural History Society [that's me!]. Although Andrew is an academic, he is also an expert guide, with an obvious passion for the Vivarium.  The exhibit itself is superb, and I was particularly impressed by the RainForest display which […]
    Posted on 11 April 2014 | 10:45 pm
  • Easter: Egg Eaters
    It seems a long time ago since I showed my beautiful daughter her first wild Strawberry Poison-dart Frog in Costa Rica. It’s always a wonderful experience seeing such jewels in the wild and at the moment Adam my assistant is traveling through Panama and Costa Rica, where he too is coming across many strawberry poison- […]
    Posted on 31 March 2014 | 5:11 pm
  • Urban Naturalists
    On Saturday (29 March), Rick Parker, chairman of Bolton Conservation Volunteers, will be running a workshop at the museum as part of our Urban Naturalist series. Urban Naturalist is a series of friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. If you would like to find out more about amphibians and other animals which live in […]
    Posted on 26 March 2014 | 10:31 am

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • A landmark week at the Museum
    Every year, Fallibroome Academy, a specialist arts college in Macclesfield, organises an Artsweek around a particular theme for its local feeder schools. For the last two years, our colleagues over at the Whitworth Art Gallery have been involved in Artsweek, working with pupils from the network of Cheshire primary schools to explore themes such as […]
    Posted on 4 March 2014 | 2:51 pm
  • Early years Explorer sessions at Manchester Museum
    Explorer sessions are Interactive and multisensory museum led sessions for Foundation stage groups which support the delivery of a creative EYFS curriculum; Communication and Language Personal Social and emotional development Understanding the world: The world New! Nature Explorers Discover wildlife, minibeasts and things that live under the sea on our Natures Library gallery, lizards frogs […]
    Posted on 26 February 2014 | 3:28 pm
  • My gift to David Attenborough!

    Posted on 20 February 2014 | 2:58 pm

Herbology Manchester

  • Reflections on RinR event: Exploring African Medicinal and Religious Objects in Manchester Museum
    Originally posted on The Healer's Tools:  On Saturday March 22nd one of the central events of my Researcher in Residence role at Manchester Museum was held. Details of the event, part of Manchester Histories Festival (21-30 March 2014), can be found here: http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk/whatson/africanmedicinalreligiousmanchester For the link-shy here’s the Manchester Histories Festival event summary:…
    Posted on 4 April 2014 | 12:26 pm
  • Before and after
    We have had a lot of changes in the herbarium recently – here are some pictures. Roller racking (compactor storage) installed in the room overlooking the quad, at the end of the corridor. Before – old cupboards and bench removed:   During – roller racking being installed:   After: Roller racking installed and ready to be […]
    Posted on 27 March 2014 | 1:00 pm
  • #dayinthelife
    This week is Museum Week on Twitter.  The Herbarium has a very active twitter account – you can see it here. Our twitter name is @aristolochia. Here are the images we posted yesterday – the theme was a day in the life.  9.58am This is the view behind my computer screen. Checking emails and tweeting!   […]
    Posted on 25 March 2014 | 10:28 am

Mancultural

  • Together in Ethnographic Dreams
    Last week over 300 UK museums joined forces on Twitter to celebrate Museums Week. It was a roaring success with innumerable museum experiences, challenges, memories, selfies and questions flooding Twitter. I found one particular question I was asked both stimulating and … Continue reading →
    Posted on 31 March 2014 | 4:35 pm
  • Islam & ACE
    In 2013 Arts Council England decided to support a new Subject Specialist Network (SSN) for museum professionals responsible for collections of Islamic art and material culture in the UK. A lot has happened since this decision including several SSN meetings, … Continue reading →
    Posted on 3 March 2014 | 2:28 pm
  • Pre-emptive Spring Clean
    Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been beavering away in the Living Cultures stores with support from The University of Manchester Art Gallery and Museum Studies students Josh and Shelly, our British Museum Future Curator Kiera, and most critically … Continue reading →
    Posted on 31 January 2014 | 10:47 am

Nature Manchester

  • Using nature as your friend
    Originally posted on The Liberated Way:You can turn nature to your advantage. Bees have hidden advantages of providing a natural biological barrier to large animals such as elephants. I now define sustainability as “action in harmony with nature.”  This definition of sustainability I use in forming policy and procedure in running my business.  I…
    Posted on 29 March 2014 | 7:33 pm
  • The importance of inspiration in museums- and I need your advice
    Hello- I came across a great definition recently, that ‘inspiration is the feeling that motivates people to do something’. I love this, and have been thinking about it in relation to one of my main bits of work- which is looking at how natural history museums can effectively engage people with their environment, and support […]
    Posted on 20 March 2014 | 12:37 pm
  • Nature and museums
    Hello- I’m in Oslo this week, talking at two seminars at the University on museums and nature. The first talk was on natural history museums, social responsibility and the natural environment. There has been a bit of questioning in the UK as to whether museums should be campaigning to support and protect the environment. This […]
    Posted on 20 March 2014 | 12:28 pm

Ancient Worlds

  • Harpy Tomb Corridor at Manchester Museum
    It is some time since I posted about the Harpy Tomb. I am now pleased to report that John and the technicians completed the installation last week. The in-fill panels representing the missing panels were placed in the sequence, and a line from Virgil about the harpies and some interpretation were put in position. Visitors […]
    Posted on 15 April 2014 | 3:49 pm
  • A Treasure from the Numismatics Collection
    In conversaton with Keith the other day the name of Carausius came up and Keith happened to mention that there was a silver coin of Carausius in the Manchester Museum Numismatics Collection. Like the coin issued in memory of Antinoos that I posted recently, it too was part of the collection of Harold Raby, a former […]
    Posted on 4 April 2014 | 10:36 am
  • Coin of Antinoos at Manchester Museum
    The recent debate about the authenticity of the Warren Cup in the British Museum reminded me that we have a bronze coin in the Numismatic collection at Manchester Museum that depicts Antinoos or Antinous, the male lover of the Emperor Hadrian. It was part of the collection of Harold Raby, a former Keeper of Coins at […]
    Posted on 24 March 2014 | 2:02 pm

Entomology Manchester

  • Our visitors – Insects behind-the-scenes
    Being fascinated by a range and diversity of Manchester Museum’s galleries and exhibitions, many of our visitors want then to visit a particular Museum’s store in order to know more about the collections deposited behind-the-scenes and/or people working there. The Manchester Museum’s Entomology store retaining some 2.5 million specimens of insects is a usual place […]
    Posted on 22 January 2014 | 4:11 pm
  • Events – Bug hunt at Castleton
    The Museum staff, both the curators and members of the education team, is involved in various public and outreach programmes. Here is a brief report on one of such events that was organized and run by Dmitri Logunov, the Curator of Arthropods, and David Penney, a Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences at […]
    Posted on 17 July 2013 | 10:27 am
  • Our visitors – Dung beetles as bioindicators
    The Manchester Museum holds a fantastically diverse collection of insects, with over 2.5 million specimens deposited, which represent an important scientific resource for taxonomic, biodiversity and conservation studies. One of such academic studies is now being undertaken by Ms Roisin Stanbrook, a postgraduate student reading for a MSc. in Conservation Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University. […]
    Posted on 7 May 2013 | 4:22 pm

New Light on Old Bones

  • Destruction and preservation in museums
    Myna Trustram writes… To further pick up on David’s post, ‘Honesty and illusion in museums’: I think that one of the things we do to shelter ourselves from the reality of death is to run museums. You might say then … Continue reading →
    Posted on 12 September 2011 | 9:00 am
  • Unrealised Proposal for Cadavre Piece, 1970
    Myna Trustram writes… David’s post about the display of dead bodies – whether animal or human – put me immediately in mind of a possible future exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery where a dead human body will be displayed. Those … Continue reading →
    Posted on 5 September 2011 | 9:00 am
  • Honesty and illusion in museums
    Twitter is brilliant for finding out about really interesting stuff you may otherwise have missed. In the last couple of weeks, to really interesting examples of museum NS displays have been brought to my attention. The first, from Elee Kirk … Continue reading →
    Posted on 29 August 2011 | 9:00 am

Dinosaur CSI

  • Walking like Dinosaurs
    Ever wondered how Triceratopstrotted or Spinosaurus sprinted? If you’re an aspiring palaeontologist, or just curious about the locomotion of long extinct beasties, you can join me at the  Edinburgh Science Festival to unpick how dinosaurs made their moves! I shall be giving a lecture on Thursday and Friday this week at Summerhall (Summerhall Place) in Edinburgh.
    Posted on 16 April 2014 | 9:11 pm
  • X-rays brighter than a million Sun's show fossil leaf chemistry preserved for 50 million years!
    Palaeontologists, geochemists and physicists from the University of Manchester, (UK) Diamond Lightsource (UK) and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (USA) have published a new paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Metallomics,that has shed new light, in fact one of the brightest lights in the universe, on 50 million year old fossil plants. Optical plus x-ray false colour composite image (Cu=red, Zn=gren and Ni=blue), image width 17cm. Also visible are ch [...]
    Posted on 26 March 2014 | 1:08 am
  • Photon-fickle fun foraging for flat fossils...
    While it is often splendid viewing the beautifully fossilised remains of various vertebrates seemingly squished flat on a sedimentary bedding plane, such preservation generates some unique problems for palaeontologists to resolve. Life, as a whole... and usually when it is 'whole'... tends to be rather 3-dimensional (3D). While natural selection has managed to flatten many species to quite physically narrow ecological niches, us vertebrates tend to be a rather rotund bunch (although I often argu [...]
    Posted on 9 March 2014 | 4:13 pm

Whitworth Parklife

  • Post-Excavation Week
    This week we have been processing the finds from the excavation: washing, drying and cataloguing the material, ready for storage and specialist analysis. We’ve also been filling in final details of context sheets, chasing site records and unpacking our digging … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 July 2013 | 9:10 pm
  • Excavating skills… a gallery and reflection by Frank Collins
    When Professor Siân Jones and Dr Melanie Giles asked me to complete some sketches in the field on the Whitworth Park Community Archaeology and History Project, it hadn’t occurred to me that there was, forgive the analogy, a rich vein … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 July 2013 | 9:07 pm
  • Friday 12th July 2013
    A final day of section drawing, planning, final photography and site records, soil sampling for environmental analysis, and backfilling. We were helped by the marvellous digger and roller team on kind loan from the WBCE Ltd. construction team at the … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 July 2013 | 9:03 pm

Manchester Museum Youth Board

  • Inspired By My Museum
    On the second Saturday of every month I break routine. Instead of a messy bedroom and wasted hours I come to the museum. For the day I discuss and decide with my peers, planning how we can help and improve … Continue reading →
    Posted on 10 March 2014 | 2:07 pm
  • Today’s meeting
    Today, the youth board met up as usual and had a discussion about proposals for changing the appearence of the lockers in the museum as we all thought it was a bit dull. We also wrote a proposal for the … Continue reading →
    Posted on 8 February 2014 | 2:41 pm
  • WW1 Lecture
    So last week as part of a college trip, I had the opportunity of attending a History lecture at The University of Manchester, which was based on the use of propaganda in the First World War. Being a History student … Continue reading →
    Posted on 27 January 2014 | 1:49 pm

Student Engagement Manchester

  • Announcing: The Student Weekender Programme
    Download the Student Weekender programme here!  
    Posted on 31 October 2013 | 4:09 pm
  • Announcing: The Student Weekender 2013 (8-10 November)!
    The Student Weekender 2013 (8-10 November) is a weekend of art, music and cultural events happening along Manchester’s student corridor (Oxford Road). Come and find out what’s happening on your cultural doorstep during the Student Weekender. The student corridor is home to some of Manchester’s most iconic and forward-thinking cultural destinations. Manchester has artistic, architectural, musical, theatrical […]
    Posted on 16 October 2013 | 11:00 am
  • Would you like to be a Student Curator for Wonders of the Natural World Student Social at Manchester Museum?
    Role: Student Social Curators For Student Event: Wonders of the Natural World Student Social, Saturday 9th November, 7-10pm. Would you like to co-curate ‘Wonders of the Natural World’ a late night opening at Manchester Museum for students with live amphibians, music, workshops and natural world wonders to celebrate the re-opening of the vivarium? I am […]
    Posted on 8 October 2013 | 1:58 pm

Cultural Wonders In The Mix

  • Cultural Wonders In The Mix: Soundscapes, Music and Films
    I’m excited to announce that all of the soundscapes, remixes and films have now been uploaded, so have a listen and look at the University of Manchester’s cultural wonders in new ways.  
    Posted on 17 October 2013 | 2:17 pm
  • In The Mix Hack Weekend Photos
    The In The Mix Hack Weekend brought together computer programmers, composers and museum staff together to explore the potential of the soundscapes, remix and Manchester Museum data sets to animate collections and exhibitions and visitor experiences  in museums and galleries. This ranged from creating laser cut rumble strips of sound waves (from soundscapes) to site-specific […]
    Posted on 17 June 2013 | 10:00 am
  • Come to In The Mix Hack Weekend (7-9th June) at MadLab!
    Are you In The Mix? Are you a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset? Will your hack win one of our exclusive prizes? Manchester has some fantastic museums and galleries; from Manchester Museum to the Whitworth Gallery – but also including the iconic Jodrell Bank and […]
    Posted on 3 June 2013 | 11:48 am

Museum Meets

  • From the War of Nature – events for families and adults
    From the War of Nature is our new temporary exhibition at Manchester Museum. You can catch a film preview or why not join us for one of the events for families and adults over the next few weeks. Big Saturday: Plants, Poisons, Platypuses – Sat 26 April 11am-4pm Come along and bring all the family […]
    Posted on 16 April 2014 | 9:56 am
  • From the War of Nature – Boxing Hares
    From the War of Nature, our new temporary exhibition opens today Friday 11 April and is on display until 7 September. Boxing hares, burrowing parasites, baby birds and prowling wolves are just some of the characters appearing in this story of predation, competition, co-operation and collaboration. The exhibition reveals that living things resolve conflict in […]
    Posted on 11 April 2014 | 9:55 am
  • Archaeology and Science; Koma Figurines and CT Scanning
    Join Dr Sharon Fraser, as she tells us about the exciting and intriguing discoveries made by CT scanning and the insight this can give us into life in the past. Sharon will talk about this in relation to the Koma figurines in the Fragmentary Ancestors: Figurines from Koma Land, Ghana, exhibition, 25 October 2013 – […]
    Posted on 7 April 2014 | 3:55 pm

Conservation at The Manchester Museum

  • Safe Storage of Curare Pot
     We have many hazardous objects within our collections, The Botany department had asked me to have a look at a small bowl earthenware bowl which contained Curare, and to pack it for safe storage. Curare is the poison used on the tips of poison arrows, and is found in Peru and Ecuador.  It is derived […]
    Posted on 13 February 2014 | 2:16 pm
  • Museum No.6
    Last weekend we became Museum No6 as we attended Festival No6 which is held each year in Portmeirion in North Wales. We had a room in the village Town Hall and took along some museum objects to show the festival attendees! The skull is to go into our forthcoming Siberia exhibition in 2014.   We […]
    Posted on 25 September 2013 | 1:51 pm
  • Lovely Lacquer
    One of the engaging projects I have and the opportunity to work on over my internship has been a lacquered tray from Japan. Lacquer, or urushi as it is called in Japan, is a natural tree extract which hardens to a glossy film in a warm humid environment. The tray I worked on had pieces of […]
    Posted on 24 June 2013 | 12:09 pm

Connecting With Collections

  • Merry Christmas from the CSC
    Christmas is here so the Collections Study Centre will be having a little break, we re-open on the 6th January 2014. Merry Christmas from Sally and Paul.
    Posted on 20 December 2013 | 12:48 pm
  • Out of the Woods
    The latest display has been installed in the Collections Study Centre; Out of the Woods has been curated by MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) students from the University […]
    Posted on 16 December 2013 | 2:20 pm
  • How to identify a meteorite
    Identifying things that people bring into the museum is one of the many things we do in the Collections Study Centre. We always have a steady stream of people bringing in […]
    Posted on 29 November 2013 | 4:51 pm

Stories from the Museum Floor

  • Venture Arts Venture Out
    Venture Arts is an organisation renowned for providing high quality art workshops for adults and young people who have learning difficulties. My name is Paul and I work for Venture Arts as a Support Assistant. Our volunteer experience came about … Continue reading →
    Posted on 12 April 2014 | 11:31 am
  • Art and the Modern Museum
    A dead tiger shark suspended in a tank of formaldehyde – museum exhibit or work of art? I’m guessing the £8-million price tag for Damian Hirst’s infamous work (albeit a recreation) plonks it firmly in the vastly over-valued art world, but the … Continue reading →
    Posted on 5 April 2014 | 10:08 am
  • A Fistful of Dollars
    I remember finding the first coin in my collection; I was nine-years-old and we had just moved into a new house where I found a filthy 10 pence coin from the Isle of Man. This led to me asking anyone … Continue reading →
    Posted on 29 March 2014 | 3:34 pm

Archived blogs

Lindow Manchester

  • More Bog Body Poetry
    Recent contributions of poetry relating to Lindow Man seem to have struck a chord. Earlier this week I had a letter from the writer and artist, Eve Coxeter, who tells me she bumped into Joan Poulson and heard about the Lindow Man exhibition. Like Joan, Eve was inspired by the bog body phenomenon to write a novel […]
    Posted on 6 April 2014 | 10:01 am
  • Anything but a Bog Standard Landscape: Restoring Lindow Moss
    It is a few years now since I have been in Wilmslow but I was absolutely delighted to be invited to a workshop about the future of Lindow Moss at the Friends House on Thursday 3rd April by Professor Emeritus John Handley of University of Manchester. John Handley is Professor of Landscape and Environmental Planning at the […]
    Posted on 4 April 2014 | 5:27 am
  • Lindow Man at the Manchester Museum Blog 2010 in review
    The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2010. That’s about […]
    Posted on 2 January 2011 | 7:32 pm

The Manchester Museum Myths About Race Blog

  • Twenty per cent of British voters agree with BNP
    Twenty per cent of British voters agree with BNP 19 May 2009 New evidence has revealed that the extreme right in Britain is only realising a fraction of its electoral potential. Dr Rob Ford from The University of Manchester found … Continue reading →
    Posted on 19 May 2009 | 9:17 am
  • Deepening tolerance makes British Obama ‘possible’ says Putnam
    The UK has the necessary preconditions for the emergence of a black prime minister according to a joint study by Harvard University and The University of Manchester. The project, to be published in book later this year co-authored by writer … Continue reading →
    Posted on 26 March 2009 | 11:13 am
  • ‘Myths’ threaten racial harmony, say population experts
    Using previously unpublished evidence, Professor Ludi Simpson and Dr Nissa Finney from The University of Manchester show how repeated falsehoods about immigration, integration and segregation are misguiding policy and promoting racial disharmony. This is the basis of the authors’ new … Continue reading →
    Posted on 22 January 2009 | 11:01 am

Enquiremanchester's Weblog

  • How’d the Young Curators do and what’s next….
    The young curators from Manchester Creative Media Academy (Boys) did a fine job of putting on exhibitions here at the Museum. They followed a creative curatorial process to design exhibitions, which would appeal to the diverse audience that visits The Manchester Museum. One group devised an exhibition for the ‘young children’ that frequent the Manchester […]
    Posted on 3 May 2011 | 5:01 pm
  • Coming soon…
    I’ll be putting together a new blog post next week…. I’ll be telling you how our Young Curators got on (amazingly!) and telling you what’s coming next for Arty things at the Manchester Museum. We have lots to report on the ‘direction’ of the Arts programming here. It’s all very exciting and will bring out […]
    Posted on 21 April 2011 | 4:51 pm
  • What’s going on…
    Hello everyone. My name is Dena Bagi, and I’ve recently taken control of the arty happenings here at Manchester Museum. I am really excited about the next few months – we have loads going on! Young curators have been let loose on the collection at the Museum, independent creatives will be exploring the Museum with […]
    Posted on 22 February 2011 | 1:49 pm

Manchester King Monkey...

  • Chinese Archaeologists Unearth 2,400-year-old ‘Soup’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11981666
    Posted on 13 December 2010 | 2:21 pm
  • Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City
    http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/imperial-chinese-robes/
    Posted on 2 December 2010 | 2:30 pm
  • A Little Piece of China in Ardwick
    On Friday 22nd October we installed  the China: Journey of the East off-site exhibition in the Manchester Chinese Centre, Ardwick. This is the fourth in a successful series of off-site exhibitions as managed by Andrea Winn Curator of Community Exhibitions. Jenny Wong, Director of the Manchester Chinese Centre, and some volunteers selected a number of […]
    Posted on 2 November 2010 | 3:35 pm

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