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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • How to make a Coptic sock – II
    A reflection on the production of our Coptic sock from experimental researcher Regina De Giovanni.  In March 2012 I visited the Manchester Museum and was able to spend time with the Child’s Coptic Sock, which as off display at that time. … Continue reading →
    Posted on 31 August 2016 | 3:10 pm
  • Object biography #21: An inscribed base from a statue of Hathor (Acc. no. 3309)
      A guest blog from University of Exeter researcher Tara Draper-Stumm, who is researching the numerous Sekhmet sculptures of Amenhotep III at Kom el-Hettan. Here we reveal a previously-unidentified fragment from the Museum’s storerooms, likely from the same context.  This inscribed rectangular granite base … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 August 2016 | 10:37 am
  • Ancient Egypt Glossary #3: Canopic Jars etc.
    Originally posted on Stories from the Museum Floor: Today’s post is by Becca from the Visitor Team at Manchester Museum. We are sharing our passion and interest in the museum and its objects. For more about Ancient Egypt and Sudan, please…
    Posted on 5 August 2016 | 2:06 pm

Palaeo Manchester

  • Restoring the Geology gallery, Biddulph Grange
    Originally posted on Thematic Collecting : We recently visited the amazing Geology gallery at Biddulph Grange to chat to Daniel Atherton about its restoration and development. https://youtu.be/HnWnUTn05i0
    Posted on 18 October 2016 | 2:39 pm
  • Transformations #MMClimateControl
    Nothing ever stays the same, things are always changing be it our Museum displays, our cities and towns, or the natural world around us. The next part of our #MMClimateControl Social Media campaign in the lead up to our Climate Control exhibition is looking at how the world has changed in the past and what […]
    Posted on 26 February 2016 | 4:01 pm
  • Memories of snow #MMClimateControl
    Do you love snow as much as I do? Share the joy with us using #MMClimateControl I just love the incredible sense of transformation when the first flakes start falling and the world around us looks utterly different! We are gathering memories of snow as part of the build up to: Climate Control, A long […]
    Posted on 11 February 2016 | 12:02 pm


  • Wired and Wild
    Tomorrow sees the launch of our new environmental education project ‘Learning with Lucy’, which is aimed at primary school aged children. Apart from working with Short form, who produced our videos for that project, we have also been working with Salford University to produce other films aimed at the same age group. One such project involves ‘Wired […]
    Posted on 26 January 2016 | 8:31 pm
  • Back from the brink
    Its amazing how some things pushed to their limits can bounce back better for it and even stronger than before in no time at all. Last weekend I took time out to plant a new Biorb i’ve had sat around for a while with some small orchids that have been sat on my bathroom window […]
    Posted on 24 January 2016 | 8:22 pm
  • Cold climate carnivores
    This winter has been far too wet and windy in England, but here in Sweden there’s thick snow on the ground and it really feels like a proper winter should. Some areas in Sweden over the past few days have reached 46 degrees below freezing, but here in Nordens Ark, just a chilly minus 14! […]
    Posted on 10 January 2016 | 8:46 pm

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • I Spy Nature at Manchester Museum
    Originally posted on culturebabies: During the summer holidays we were able to run an additional programme for under 5’s and their families (alongside our core family programme) with funding from The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust . This allowed us to offer FREE  drop–in activities and  small group bookable activities both inside the Museum and outside on…
    Posted on 20 October 2016 | 8:35 am
  • Using Collections to Write Poems: a Museum Staff Workshop by Helen Clare
    Our Poet-in-Residence, Helen Clare, invited Museum staff to engage in a workshop to help them to create their own poem.  She shared with us the techniques she has used in creating her own poetry, which included the creation of ‘poemlets’ that we blogged about earlier this year. The activity also demonstrates that these techniques can […]
    Posted on 26 September 2016 | 2:39 pm
  • A Placement Hello
    Hello, my name is Luke and I’ve just started my placement year with the Learning Team at the Museum. When I am not on my placement year I study Animal Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University, which believe me is more than watching cat videos. Having just finished my second year I thought it would be a […]
    Posted on 8 September 2016 | 4:26 pm

Herbology Manchester

  • Restoring the Geology gallery, Biddulph Grange
    Originally posted on Thematic Collecting : We recently visited the amazing Geology gallery at Biddulph Grange to chat to Daniel Atherton about its restoration and development. https://youtu.be/HnWnUTn05i0
    Posted on 18 October 2016 | 2:36 pm
  • Object Journeys and Community on Solid Ground
    Guest post from Andrea Winn, Manchester Museum – working on Community Engagement for the Courtyard Project Manchester Museum is a partner in the British Museum’s Object Journeys programme – a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme, in which the British Museum will engage with their local community, regional museums and community partners in the regions…
    Posted on 16 August 2016 | 12:50 pm
  • Big Saturday and Manchester Mega Mela —
    The Museum’s plans for consultation for our HLF funded Courtyard Project are really stepping up now, with our first weekend of public consultation about to take place. We’ve been working hard on structuring the questions we want to ask people and creative ways to engage regular visitors and non-visitors in conversations about our redevelopment – […] […]
    Posted on 30 July 2016 | 12:14 pm


  • Migration & Manchester Museum
    Over the past several months I’ve been recording more films that focus on the role museums can play in better understanding migration. This is part of Manchester Museum’s thematic collecting project, a project that is seeking to revitalise museum collecting by centring … Continue reading →
    Posted on 11 August 2016 | 12:04 pm
  • Islamic & South Asian Collections in Manchester
    Since April Jenny Norton-Wright, Early Career Curator at Manchester Museum, has been exploring the Islamic and South Asian collections across Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, and Manchester City Galleries (http://bit.ly/1sYozk4). Jenny’s research is part of a wider project to better document these collections, … Continue reading →
    Posted on 31 May 2016 | 11:58 am
  • Petra, Borders & Boundaries
    This is the last film in my current thematic collecting and migration series, many thanks to Dr Petra Tjitske Kalshoven, lecturer in Social Anthropology at The University of Manchester, for participating. In 2016 I’ll be back with more thematic collecting films!
    Posted on 9 December 2015 | 9:33 am

Nature Manchester

  • World Symposium on Climate Change Communication- Feb 2017- interested?
    We’re organising the World Symposium on Climate Change Communication, to be held in central Manchester on 22-24 February 2017, organised jointly with Prof Walter Leal of Manchester Metropolitan University. The conference is aimed at everyone interested in how we can  communicate and engage people effectively on climate change: its causes, impacts and links to collective […]
    Posted on 25 September 2016 | 8:21 am
  • Dear Diary- exhibitions, talks and projects
    A lot of this week was spent thinking about the exhibitions programme for our expanded temporary exhibitions gallery, due to open in 2020, and how to break that down into components: what success would look like for our various target audiences, how far people will travel to see particular exhibitions (and how to find that […]
    Posted on 10 September 2016 | 11:25 am
  • Dear diary- climate change conference
    I spent the last two days as a conference organised by Prof Walter Leal of Manchester Met. The theme was ‘universities and climate change: the role of higher education institutions in addressing the mitigation and adaptation challenges’, with an international audience. We had a packed programme of presentations exploring the adaptation and mitigation challenges in […]
    Posted on 3 September 2016 | 8:04 am

Ancient Worlds

  • Rediscovering Neanderthals Big Saturday
    Last Saturday was the Big Saturday event for the Rediscovering Neanderthals exhibition. This temporary exhibition, which is supported by the Natural History Museum opened to the general public on 22nd April. On Saturday 30th April a number of us set up tables with Neanderthal or Neanderthal related objects, including casts of human skulls, animal fossils […]
    Posted on 3 May 2016 | 4:27 pm
  • Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals Exhibition
    Preparations for Manchester Museum’s newest temporary exhibition are well in hand and we have spent the last few days installing Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals ready for the Private View opening on the evening of 21st April. It must be a good 18 months or so since the Natural History Museum contacted us to […]
    Posted on 22 April 2016 | 12:26 pm
  • Conserving Neanderthals by Mlle Loren Souchard
    As part of the preparations for Manchester Museum’s latest exhibition Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals, which opens today (22nd April 2016), Mlle Loren Souchard conserved three plaster casts of Neanderthal skulls dating from the end of the 19th century. Their condition, although good overall, required conservation treatment in preparation for the exhibition, and research allowed […]
    Posted on 21 April 2016 | 3:25 pm

Entomology Manchester

  • Butterfly migrations, an interview with Prof Laurence Cook of the University of Manchester
    Do butterflies migrate and if they do how long distances are they able to cover? How many British Lepidoptera species do migrate to the country? Why do butterflies and moths migrate? These and other questions related to migratory species of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) were discussed with an expert, Prof Laurence Cook of the University […]
    Posted on 6 October 2015 | 11:03 am
  • A poem inspired by a visit to the Manchester Museum
    Writing a poem seems to be a mystery for many people, and it is indeed an act of creativity by those who are able to observe the world within or around them and to perceive it in a new way. A poem can be about anything, from old love memories to a crawling bug; it […]
    Posted on 7 September 2015 | 2:07 pm
  • An unusual dweller of British caves, a story of the Brown Trout
    The Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) is a European species of salmonid fish, which consists of two distinct forms. One of them is purely freshwater, referred to Salmo trutta morpha fario; another is known as the Sea Trout (S. trutta morpha trutta) that migrates to the oceans for much of its life and returns to fresh […]
    Posted on 1 September 2015 | 2:57 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

  • Letter from Charleston
    In January this year I hopped the Atlantic and starting working at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Here I am working as the Professor of Paleontology and also as the Director of the College of Charleston Mace Brown Museum of Natural History. I am also still keeping research going back at the University of Manchester, working with the splendid ICAL team, now in the capable hands of Prof. Roy Wogelius. Those who know me will realise that I have worked at Manchester, on [...]
    Posted on 29 May 2016 | 10:31 pm
  • Santa Claws bursts free at the College of Charleston!
    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the 'College'not a creature was stirring, not even a dinosaur.....The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,in hopes that a palaeontologist soon would be there.
    Posted on 24 December 2015 | 10:33 pm
  • Dizzy, Dazed, Diamond and Dinosaurs
    These past few months have been a little hectic, with a combination of fieldwork, teaching, PhD students completing, research and synchrotron time (above, Nick, Roy and Victoria contemplate a white-noise free environment). All this is splendid fun, but time has become a rare commodity to be carefully managed...when possible!The Cheltenham Science Festival in the Summer seems to be the last time when our team had a 'break'...but even then that involved over 15,000 folks coming to talk to us about [...]
    Posted on 4 November 2015 | 12:35 pm

Whitworth Parklife

  • Archaeology dig features in new display board in Whitworth Park
    Exciting news! Our new information board featuring information about the Whitworth Park Dig is now on display in Whitworth Park. It is part of a new series of display boards created by the Friends of Whitworth Park. And it contributes … Continue reading →
    Posted on 13 August 2015 | 12:20 pm
  • X-ray images of the gun we found
    Hi everyone, Remember the gun that we found in the boating lake deposits during the Whitworth Park dig? It was so heavily corroded it was difficult to make out it’s precise shape let alone any maker’s marks.Well here are the … Continue reading →
    Posted on 13 August 2015 | 11:52 am
  • “Whitworth Park – then and now.”
    A new public leaflet to help visitors imagine Whitworth Park’s rich past! Here is the new leaflet I promised. It was designed with the idea of giving visitors a window into past landscapes. Just go to the points on the … Continue reading →
    Posted on 4 August 2015 | 8:45 pm

Manchester Museum Youth Board

  • Manchester Museum Out and About Over the Summer Part 2: Culture Shots
    Culture Shots is an annual series of free events run by museums and galleries around Manchester, in which cultural institutions, including Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery, brought cultural objects and art relating to medicine and wellbeing into hospitals. This … Continue reading →
    Posted on 9 August 2016 | 9:18 pm
  • Manchester Museum Youth Board out and about over the summer
    On the weekend of 30th and 31st July, the Manchester Museum held a stall in the craft marquee at the amazing Manchester Mega Mela which took place at Platt Fields Park. The  Mela is a celebration of South Asian Arts, Music … Continue reading →
    Posted on 4 August 2016 | 4:27 pm
  • Becoming part of the Climate Control exhibition visitor team
    This youth board we joined the visitor team in the Climate Control exhibition. The gallery was quite quiet at the time because it was around lunchtime, but this gave us time to really get to grips with the exhibition and … Continue reading →
    Posted on 20 May 2016 | 2:22 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

  • What’s new about newts?
    Last Sunday welcomed David Orchard to the Manchester Museum; David is a local amphibian expert who very kindly came in to host our Urban Naturalist workshop all about native amphibians. David proved to be a big draw as despite the beautiful weather outside on Sunday we had a great turnout of Urban Naturalists eager to […]
    Posted on 6 June 2016 | 4:32 pm
  • Nurturing a Love of Nature
    Nurturing a Love of Nature Last month’s Urban Naturalist was hosted by Dr Luke Blazejewski, a local wildlife photographer and conservationist. He led a fantastic workshop that looked at ways to engage communities with the nature on their doorstep. We were treated to some of Luke’s brilliant short films, including one looking at stories of […]
    Posted on 18 May 2016 | 4:42 pm
  • Climate Control
    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 […]
    Posted on 8 May 2016 | 4:30 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

  • Amelia B. Edwards – A Thousand Miles up the Nile (Updated)
    Originally posted on Stories from the Museum Floor: Today’s post is by Maxine from the Visitor Team at Manchester Museum. We are sharing our passion and interest in the museum and its objects. For more about Ancient Egypt and Sudan, please visit the Curator’s blog, Egypt at the Manchester Museum. *** Update – Queer History Landmarks Celebrated by…
    Posted on 21 October 2016 | 5:06 pm
  • Gelede Masks
    October is Black History Month, with colourful events taking place across Manchester and throughout the UK. This is a great opportunity for recognition and celebration, and it is also a time for reflection; “Black History Month is a time when we can be thankful for the huge progress made in the UK over recent decades in tackling racist […]
    Posted on 14 October 2016 | 9:00 am
  • Silver and Gold: Celebrating Age-Friendly Manchester
    Silver and Gold: Celebrating Age-Friendly Manchester “When I retire I’d like to move to Manchester” A busy city, with no sea views … perhaps from the outside, the city might not look like it would make for the perfect retirement venue. However, over the last week Manchester Museum has been a place of celebration, and […]
    Posted on 7 October 2016 | 9:45 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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