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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • Object biography # 16: A pyramid temple column reused by Ramesses II (Acc. no. 1780)
    Manchester’s imposing (3.8m tall) red granite column (Acc. no. 1780) is one of eight which once fronted the pronaos of a temple dedicated to the ram-headed god Herishef at Herakleopolis Magna (modern Ihnasya el-Medina), 15 miles west of Beni Suef in … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 11:32 am
  • Wonders of the World: Sea life activities at Manchester Museum
    In the third of her guest blogs for the Museum, Sajia Sultana, a Manchester University student and Manchester Museum Summer Public Programme Intern described activities involving the Egyptology collection. Welcome to Global Explorer, this week families visiting Manchester Museum have … Continue reading →
    Posted on 13 August 2014 | 8:13 pm
  • An intern’s perspective: Cataloguing Egypt at Manchester Museum
    Here our most recent intern, Hannah Perry – a student at UCL Qatar, describes her placement at the Manchester Museum, and the experience of working on collections.   As part of my Museum and Gallery Practice MA at University College … Continue reading →
    Posted on 11 July 2014 | 12:23 pm

Palaeo Manchester


  • Fabulous frogs, coming soon..
    If you’re interested in watching the latest offering from Sir David Attenborough, filmed with him in our Vivarium here at the Manchester Museum, here is a related link associated with the programme and our Lemur Leaf Frog conservation project: BBC 2, Natural World    Fabulous Frogs will be transmitted on BBC 2, Thursday 28th August […]
    Posted on 21 August 2014 | 10:03 pm
  • Amphibian Conservation in Action
    Project Lemur Frog is a model amphibian conservation project and an international collaboration of  institutions and individuals committed to helping secure the future of the Critically Endangered Lemur Leaf Frog. The holistic approach used includes research, public engagement and educational activities, and directly conserving the species through direct in-situ and ex-situ action: Research: Latest genetic research […]
    Posted on 1 August 2014 | 4:30 pm
  • Fabulous Frogs!
    Frogs are fabulous, its official! Even some of the very poorly kids from Manchester Children’s Hospital couldn’t help but raise a smile at the antics of some of the amphibians we took over there this week, which was so wonderful to witness. That super initiative, Culture Shots, was a pure pleasure to be involved with. […]
    Posted on 16 July 2014 | 10:23 pm

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • Opportunity for Creative Practitioner
    We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting for three Creative Practitioners in order to continue with our successful Art of Identity Project. This fantastic opportunity is thanks to funding from  The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts who have recently agreed to fund Manchester Museum for a second year as part of their Start programme. […]
    Posted on 8 August 2014 | 12:11 pm
  • Guest blog by our Y10-12 work experience students
    In the last two weeks of summer term we had 8 fantastic work experience students with us in Years 10-12. The students were given a taste of the museum’s working life and wrote a bit about their experiences…. Two of our students, Matt and Emily, wanted to share their views as ‘newcomers’ to the museum: […]
    Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:30 am
  • Millbrook’s Marvellous Museum!
    The Manchester Museum is a fantastic place to work. Every morning I get to work inside a beautiful building with some of the most incredible objects I have ever encountered. After all, how many people can say that they walk underneath the suspended skeleton of a sperm whale every day? Therefore, I was not expecting […]
    Posted on 8 July 2014 | 3:16 pm

Herbology Manchester

  • Dettifoss
    Originally posted on Palaeo Manchester:Dettifoss in Northern Iceland is Europe’s largest waterfall by volume. It flows over some stunning columnar basalt lavas
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 7:08 pm
  • Past and present at Thingvellir
    We have a large collection of lantern slides from the Manchester Geographical Society in the museum stores, including some of Iceland, and they gave us a window onto the lansdscapes of the past. Some of the most striking were images of Thingvellir National Park.    
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 6:25 pm
  • A window into 1930s Iceland
    Originally posted on Palaeo Manchester:? Rachel Webster, our Curator of Botany has discovered an amazing collection of glass lantern slides of Iceland in the 1930s.The images show a rare glimpse into the pre-WW2 Icelandic landscape and society. They include some of the most iconic volcanoes, such as Hekla and form a snapshot of 1930s…
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 10:18 am


  • Travel the World Big Saturday: Guest Blog by Sajia Sultana
    Travel the World Big Saturday was held on Saturday 2nd of August between 11am and 4pm. The day involved families travelling back in time and across the globe. Families enjoyed world music performances, met curators and saw objects from the museum’s … Continue reading →
    Posted on 13 August 2014 | 9:51 am
  • Pacific Collection Review
    Since I joined the Manchester Museum at the end of April 2014, I have been working on the important collection of material from the Pacific, with the aim of improving our collections documentation and the storage conditions for our objects. … Continue reading →
    Posted on 25 July 2014 | 9:57 am
  • Unstraight Outta Stockholm
    Last Friday I attended the Unstraight Museum conference at the Museum of Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool. The conference sought to address the challenges involved in the incorporation of LGBTQ objects, narratives and exhibitions across the cultural sector, and interrogate examples of best practice. … Continue reading →
    Posted on 17 June 2014 | 3:49 pm

Nature Manchester

  • Advocating for natural history in museums- some tools to help
    One of the things I’m involved in at the moment is a programme to support museums with natural history collections in the North West of England. Museum curators will be meeting periodically to share ideas, and generally to support one another. By working together we can bring new ideas to our museums, making the best […]
    Posted on 13 August 2014 | 11:53 am
  • Mysterious Birds of Paradise
    I’ve been enjoying myself this morning, looking at some of the Museum’s mysterious bird specimens. One name I hadn’t come across before is for a Bird of Paradise, named ‘Diphyllodes guilielmi tertii’. This is actually a hybrid between two species, the Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise and the King Bird-of-Paradise; the hybrid origin of this bird was only realised […]
    Posted on 29 July 2014 | 1:06 pm
  • University of Derby study on nature connectedness
    Hello- one of my collaborators, Ryan Lumber, a PhD student at the University of Derby, is looking for volunteers to take part in a survey about attitudes to nature. Participants have to be 18 or over, and there is a chance to enter a £50 voucher prize draw. The survey takes 30 minutes to complete. […]
    Posted on 23 June 2014 | 11:50 am

Ancient Worlds

  • Excavating Deep History
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    Posted on 26 August 2014 | 3:49 pm
  • Napoleon’s Jailor’s Archaeology Collection at Manchester Museum
    This morning I received an email enquiry from a student at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris asking about a vessel that was once belonged to Sir Thomas Reade in a  collection at Manchester  Museum. He had seen a reference in Jean Paul Morel’s  Céramique Hellénistique et Romaines II  (p. 281). Unfortunately the University Library doesn’t […]
    Posted on 26 August 2014 | 11:06 am
  • Worsley Man Anniversary
    It was my turn to lead this morning’s gallery tour and by a particular piece of serendipity it turned out that the anniversary of the subject I selected last year actually falls today. The head of  Worsley Man was found  on 18th August 1958.  The remains were found by John Connelly as he was walling […]
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 12:43 pm

Entomology Manchester

  • Field trip to Iceland, 2014 – Edible mushrooms
    One of the aims of our field work in Iceland was to visit the areas with the native forest of Downy Birch (Betula pubescens). We’ve visited several places with the birch forest, for instance, the site in the southern shore of the Lake Myvatn and the forest along Logurinn fjord in eastern Iceland. In both […]
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 8:35 am
  • Field trip to Iceland, 2014 – Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn
    While travelling from the Town of Stykkishólmur to the Town of Grundarfjördur (road No.54, along the northern coast of Snaefellsnes Peninsula), about half-way, we came across a road sign depicting a shark (see on photo). The information desk below this sign said that there the place Bjarnarhöfn is named after Björn Ketilsson from Norway who […]
    Posted on 11 August 2014 | 11:36 am
  • Field trip to Iceland, 2014 – Painted pebbles as gifts
    During the field trip to Iceland, we have visited many places of interests, including of course pebble-beaches on sea shores made of  grey, smooth basalt pebbles. To my surprise, the same pebbles can be found on shelves of many gift- or craft-shops that are available virtually in every hamlet, village or town of Iceland. However, […]
    Posted on 10 August 2014 | 12:07 am

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

  • Bowman Museum rocks!
    The Pioneer Trails Museum  is quite splendid! We drove over to Bowman to avoid the weather that has been downing the prairie. We were lucky enough to bump into Dean Pearson, curator of the museum, who kindly took all our students through the collections....allowing two students to collect crucial data for their undergraduate and MEarthSci projects. Thankfully the rain has started to abate and the sky begin to clear....all we need now is a bright day or two!
    Posted on 23 August 2014 | 9:03 pm
  • Floods and tornadoes stops dinosaur play....
    'If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes', this was the advice a kind local offered. We received at least 2 inches of rain last night and the pessimistic prophets of the Weather Channel were boiling-up another storm that included 'small tornadoes'.....whether they be small or large, a tornado demands our attention. The weather system is sat slap bang on top of us and is not moving for the next 24 hours.We simply cannot go back to the Badlands today. A brief foray into the field lat [...]
    Posted on 23 August 2014 | 3:42 pm
  • The Sky is soooo big!
    We just drove the 8+ hours from South Dakota to our first field site in Montana....the second we passed over the state boundary from Wyoming...the sky expanded into an impossibly vast patchwork of striking blue and soft cotton wool clouds. Mellow shadows cast from the dappled sky chased each other across the rolling prairie, occasionally disappearing into dark ravines of the carved and contoured Badlands. As we neared the end of our drive, the Sun gently sunk below the distant horizon, yielding [...]
    Posted on 17 August 2014 | 7:15 am

Whitworth Parklife

  • Volunteers star in new film about the Whitworth Park Archaeology Project!
    Last summer Belle Vue Film Production was commissioned by Kostas Arvanitis at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to produce a film about the Whitworth Park Community Archaeology and History Project. The idea was to highlight the community engagement … Continue reading →
    Posted on 4 August 2014 | 12:46 pm
  • Live tweets from the Dig July 2013
    Remember when Chiara Zuani led a Live Tweet from Whitworth Park on Weds 10th July 2013? Well the tweets have been used to create a narrative on Storify, which you can see here! https://storify.com/UoMSALC/wpdig
    Posted on 4 August 2014 | 12:08 pm
  • Blending past and present
    Here’s a preview of some of the exhibition content! These blended images for Pleasure, Play and Politics were created by Stuart Jeffrey, Research Fellow in Heritage Visualisation at Glasgow School of Art. Stuart took images from early C20th century postcards … Continue reading →
    Posted on 3 June 2014 | 5:20 pm

Manchester Museum Youth Board

  • Youth board trip to York
    On Wednesday the youth board headed off on our annual summer trip, this year to York. Seven of us were there, along with the other volunteers at the museum. During a fun coach ride we all caught up and Elliot, … Continue reading →
    Posted on 1 August 2014 | 2:08 pm
  • A trip to Formby
    On Saturday 21st June I attended a day trip, run by the Manchester Museum’s Young Archaeology club.  We planned to journey down to Formby, a National Trust site renowned for its beaches, wildlife (especially red squirrels) and the Neolithic footprints … Continue reading →
    Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:28 am
    Do you love words? This year’s +Culture Shots programme is calling on aspiring writers to pen a poem, a short story or even write a song as part of the CHANGES creative writing competition. http://www.healthandculture.org.uk/culture-shots/ It is a very exciting time for Manchester as … Continue reading →
    Posted on 16 July 2014 | 12:35 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

  • September English Corner at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery
    There are three English Corner sessions in September. The September dates are: Tuesday 2 September 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL Wednesday 10 September 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL Thursday 18 September 6.30-8 p.m at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL We run English every month on the […]
    Posted on 26 August 2014 | 3:22 pm
  • Beewalk, Michael Wood, Tai Chi and Wonderstruck singing
    From now til the end of September there are a number of Museum Meets events – everything ranging from a talk about Whitworth Park at War, Urban Naturalists – Beewalk and Weather, English Corner, Collection Bites on Tai Chi, Oxjam taking over AfterHours, a talk by Professor Michael Wood about Alexander the Great and a […]
    Posted on 7 August 2014 | 5:01 pm
  • Whale poetry, origami animals and live link up with Iceland
    Join us at Manchester Museum for some intriguing events – Whale poetry inspired by our Sperm whale skeleton, a live link upwith some of curators in Iceland and a mass making origami event. Thurs 7 Aug & Tues 12 Aug: 1-3.30pm Join Winston poet & dream catcher underneath our enormous whale skeleton. Once there he […]
    Posted on 6 August 2014 | 4:39 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

  • Collection Bites with Jade Mellor
    Here in the Collections Study Centre at Manchester Museum, we not only provide a space for visitors of all ages to learn more about our diverse collections, but many events […]
    Posted on 25 June 2014 | 11:23 am
  • 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

Stories from the Museum Floor

  • Culture, Fertility and Phallic Objects
    One of the deepest absurdities in culture is the acknowledgement of sexual symbolism – not only in everyday life, but also in art history. Here are some prominent examples of  objects at Manchester Museum that do this: Fertility In Ancient Egypt as far as fertility goes,  men were not usually thought of as the problem […]
    Posted on 8 July 2014 | 3:38 pm
  • Keeping in Mind – Dementia and Museums, Part 4
    Staff at the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery are becoming part of a wider dementia friendly community due to a new Government funded initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society and supported by the University of Manchester as part of their commitment to social responsibility. Having recently attended an Alzheimer’s Society-led training session in […]
    Posted on 30 June 2014 | 4:56 pm
  • See Living Worlds in 3D!
    Coming to an art gallery near you is a 3-D view of one of Manchester Museum’s most popular displays. Artist Jenna Rouse has captured the Living Worlds gallery using a stereoscopic film camera (a camera with two or more lenses) and the fantastic results are set to feature in her forthcoming exhibition. The redeveloped Living […]
    Posted on 15 June 2014 | 11:32 am

Archived blogs

Lindow Manchester

  • Commemoration of Lindow Man at Lindow Moss (guest blog by Chiara Zuanni)
    On the 1st August, it was the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Lindow Man, who was found during peat-cutting at Lindow Moss. To commemorate the event and raise awareness of the current state of the bog a walk was organised by Wilmslow Transition Group, on the early morning of Saturday 2nd August. As a […]
    Posted on 12 August 2014 | 11:05 am
  • Offerings in the Lindow Man exhibition
    During the consultation in advance of Lindow Man a Bog Body Mystery it was suggested that the Museum include an offerings box so that those who wished could leave an offering to honour Lindow Man and the ancestors. The Museum felt it was important to respond positively to the public consultation and to facilitate the leaving of material […]
    Posted on 7 August 2014 | 9:21 am
  • Lindow Man’s 30th Birthday
      It is surpassing strange to thank that it is already thirty years since the discovery of the body of Lindow Man. Peat diggers at the Lindow Moss site near Wilmslow to the south of Manchester made a most macabre discovery: a human leg turned up on their peat conveyor belt. Some years previously a local woman […]
    Posted on 1 August 2014 | 5:10 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’
    Posted on 13 December 2010 | 2:21 pm
  • Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City
    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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