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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • To publish or not to publish? A multidisciplinary approach to the politics, ethics and economics of ancient artefacs
    Originally posted on Faces&Voices:The John Rylands Research Institute Seminar in Papyrology 25 October 2014, Christie Room, The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester A brief introduction on the aims of the seminar is available from here: Aims 10:45-11:00 Welcome/Introduction: Roberta…
    Posted on 23 September 2014 | 12:54 pm
  • Encountering Corpses
    Originally posted on Manchester Museum Digital Gazette:(Warning: this article includes images of human remains) One of the most popular galleries in any museum is Ancient Egypt, and in that gallery the biggest attraction is often a mummy. Manchester Museum is…
    Posted on 11 September 2014 | 7:11 pm
  • Edinburgh workshop 16/10/14: Egyptian Gold – Ancient Context, Modern Analysis
    A workshop organised by National Museums Scotland and PICS 5995 CNRS projectThursday, October 16th, 2014, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Gold is inextricably linked with ancient Egypt’s wealth, beliefs, and traditions. However, surprisingly few studies have been conducted on Egyptian … Continue reading →
    Posted on 9 September 2014 | 9:35 am

Palaeo Manchester


  • Green Toads of Öland
    At the moment I’m in Sweden, visiting my good friend and colleague Claes Andrén, Scientific Director at Norden’s Ark. It’s been a wonderful week experiencing the wild nature of Sweden, and the visit has also provided an important opportunity for us to progress our collaborative conservation initiative ‘Project Lemur Frog‘. During part of the week […]
    Posted on 28 September 2014 | 3:01 pm
  • Care and share alike..
    This week we’ve been refurbishing one of our poison-dart frog exhibits in the Vivarium, and the newly recreated rainforest display, complete with cascade and full of strawberry dart frogs, is now ready for the weekend. Such rainforest -themed exhibits give many of our visitors, including young children, a unique opportunity to experience little-understood creatures of […]
    Posted on 5 September 2014 | 1:55 pm
  • Global explorer’s save the date
    Over the summer we have be running a new initiative ‘Global Explorers‘, where families have been visiting Manchester Museum and creating animals from junk modelling materials, inspired by the museum’s collections, including the museum’s Vivarium as well as the Nature’s Library and Living Worlds.They have made everything from frogs, birds, foxes,  and many more… The Autumn will also […]
    Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:58 pm

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • Real Life Science programme shortlisted for the Lever Prize 2015
    Exciting news – our Real Life Science Programme here at Manchester Museum has been shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize run by the North West Business Leadership Team. We are getting ready to present to the judging panel on Monday. We’re a bit nervous, but excited and we also wish the other three organisations good luck!
    Posted on 18 September 2014 | 5:47 pm
  • A year of challenges and opportunities ahead
    Though it feels like only yesterday that we waved off our final school visitors of last year, here we are looking forward to another hectic term and the exciting challenges and opportunities it holds. The beginning of the 2014/15 academic year brings with it a new challenge in the form of the revised national curriculum, […]
    Posted on 9 September 2014 | 4:04 pm
  • 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

Herbology Manchester

  • Visiting Liverpool World Museum
    This time last week we travelled over to Liverpool to catch up with colleagues who work in herbaria in the North West of the UK. It was lovely to have the opportunity to get together and discuss what we’re all doing (projects, aquisitions and the day to day) and it also meant that we got to have […]
    Posted on 2 October 2014 | 11:00 am
  • NHM (part 1)…
    Originally posted on Adam, the (Trainee) Natural Science Curator:Last week, myself and the other 2 Natural History curatorial trainees (Glenn & Lukas) spent a week on placement at the Natural History Museum, London. It was a great week, and I’d like to start out by saying a huge thank you to all the staff that…
    Posted on 1 October 2014 | 11:23 am
  • Boxes and the Materia Medica
    Hello! My name is Jemma and I am the new placement student in the herbarium. I have had a fantastic and busy few weeks so far with Rachel and Lindsey. We have moved many, many, many boxes ready for the building work that is to happen in the herbarium. This has also meant that, for […]
    Posted on 30 September 2014 | 10:47 am


  • 27th September 2014: Big Saturday ‘Discover the Pacific’
    September’s Big Saturday event is inspired by the Living Cultures collection – specifically by our important collection of objects from the Pacific. The limited gallery space in the museum only allows us to show a tiny fraction of the museum’s … Continue reading →
    Posted on 15 September 2014 | 3:15 pm
  • 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

Nature Manchester

  • Advocacy tools for museums with natural history collections: influencing decision makers
    Hello- I’ve put together another instalment in a series of pieces to support staff in museums with natural history collections. The first two can be found in earlier posts in this blog, and cover general notes on advocacy, and effective nature messages. This latest instalment is about how to communicate effectively with council members and […]
    Posted on 29 September 2014 | 7:14 pm
  • Nature in museums: curiosity and wonder
    Arthur Gordon has written about the ‘return to wonder': that reawakening childlike joy and wonder at the everyday is a powerful tonic to apathy, disenchantment and powerlessness. Rachel Carson, one of the leading environmental thinkers of the 20th century, believed the same thing, explored in ‘The Sense of Wonder’. She wrote how “A child’s world is […]
    Posted on 26 September 2014 | 8:18 am
  • Advocating for natural history museums and collections- tools on environmental messages
    Hello- As part of a programme of support for natural history museums in the North West of England, I’ve produced some notes on messages that are effective in communicating nature, and that promote people to get involved in nature. These are based on some pieces of work that have been very influential to me and […]
    Posted on 2 September 2014 | 8:22 am

Ancient Worlds

  • ‘In the Footsteps of Alexander’ with Michael Wood at Manchester Museum
    Last night Michael Wood, Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, gave a public lecture entitled ‘In the footsteps of Alexander: a fresh look at an epic journey’. This drew on the popular 1998 TV series in which Prof Wood re-traced the epic journey of Alexander the Great. In his talk Professor Wood updated the story with new […]
    Posted on 16 September 2014 | 11:39 am
  • International Curators Visit to York
      It’s that time of year when Manchester Museum hosts visits from Curators participating in the British Museum’s International Curators Training Programme. In previous years I have co-ordinated the curators’ stay in Manchester but this year I handed over to colleagues Campbell Price and Stephen Welsh to take the lead. My contribution was to take […]
    Posted on 8 September 2014 | 2:46 pm
  • A Trio of Mystery Objects for Identification
    August is clearly the time of year for reporting unusual discoveries to the Museum’s identificatiosn service. The unusual metal object above was brought into the Museum. It has a silvery or white metal look to it but it’s not heavy enough to be iron or steel or lead. It looks like a casting because it has a […]
    Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:35 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

  • ICAL......the web site launch!
    For those interested in our interdisciplinary research, please take a look at our new ICAL website!
    Posted on 24 September 2014 | 1:58 pm
  • When a picture says it all!
    Happy University of Manchester students clearly impressed by Devils Tower, Wyoming (USA).
    Posted on 5 September 2014 | 5:47 pm
  • 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

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

  • First meeting of the year
    Today the three new members of the youth board, Iqra, Laura and myself were welcomed and we had our first meeting of 2014-2015. We were briefed on previous projects, such as the Trailblazers project, and put new ideas forward for … Continue reading →
    Posted on 13 September 2014 | 2:46 pm
  • Teen Twitter Take over day
    Last week Kids In Museums held their annual ‘Teen Twitter Takeover’ day, and Emma and I took control of the museum’s twitter feed – the idea was that we would tweet what was going on through out the day, as … Continue reading →
    Posted on 6 September 2014 | 6:18 pm
  • 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

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

  • Collection Bites – House Spider
    Our October Collection Bites is on the theme of spiders and insects that visit our homes during the autumn. Manchester Museum’s curator of entomology, Dr Dmitri Logonov will be showing some of the many specimens in our collections. Collection bites is today at 1pm.Filed under: Other events
    Posted on 1 October 2014 | 11:13 am
  • Urban Naturalist – Weather
    Urban Naturalist: Weather 2-4pm. Join Michael Flynn to find out more about the weather station that was once in Whitworth Park and to learn more about the current weather recording undertaken by The University of Manchester. Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, £3, adults Filed under: Other events
    Posted on 25 September 2014 | 5:43 pm
  • Open audition for Wonderstruck drama group
    Would you like to perform in Manchester Museum as part of a remarkable Weekend of Wonder? Over one weekend in November Manchester Museum will be taken over by Wonderstruck, a new large-scale performance piece created by professional theatre-makers Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Boff Whalley. We’re looking for a small team of keen performers to […]
    Posted on 22 September 2014 | 12:26 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

Manchester Museum Digital Gazette

  • Talking With Dinosaurs
    Calling all budding writers! Stan needs YOU to find his voice and tell the world his extraordinary story. Stan the T. Rex has been selected for a new Talking Statues competition, which invites storytellers to submit a short monologue from the perspective of their chosen statue. The Talking Statues initiative is already up and running in …Read More
    Posted on 24 September 2014 | 4:11 pm
  • Encountering Corpses
    (Warning: this article includes images of human remains) One of the most popular galleries in any museum is Ancient Egypt, and in that gallery the biggest attraction is often a mummy. Manchester Museum is no exception; it is renowned for its extensive Egyptology collection, and especially its mummies. But where does this fascination come from? Howard …Read More
    Posted on 11 September 2014 | 3:21 pm
  • 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 …Read More
    Posted on 8 July 2014 | 3:38 pm

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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