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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • Who’s coming to a mummy ‘re-rolling’?
    Originally posted on Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank: Mummy unwrapping ‘spectacles’ were a popular pastime in the nineteenth century with mummies brought back from Egypt as souvenirs by travellers providing the majority of the candidates. These events were as much…
    Posted on 4 February 2016 | 1:56 pm
  • Talk Like an Egyptian – English Corner at Manchester Museum Tuesday 2 Feb
    Originally posted on Museum Meets: Join us at Manchester Museum for English Corner on Tuesday 2 February at 1pm for free English conversation class. The theme is Egyptian amulets. English Corner also takes place in Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth…
    Posted on 29 January 2016 | 3:27 pm
  • Animal Mummies #8: Secrecy, wrapping and revealing
    Mummies, whether human or animal, were never intended to be unwrapped. The ancient embalmers were wise to the fact that, especially for elite burials, tomb robbers might try to rip the mummies apart in search of valuables. But I doubt … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 December 2015 | 11:50 am

Palaeo Manchester

  • ‘Catch a Shooting Star’ – New Display at the Manchester Museum
    Originally posted on Earth & Solar System: Group member John and visitor Louise enjoying the new ‘Catch a Shooting Star’ touch table display. Image: KJoy Ever wanted to put your hand on Mars, the Moon or an asteroid and can’t wait for commercial spaceflight to one day fly you there as a space tourist? Well…
    Posted on 15 December 2015 | 2:49 pm
  • Follow that star/meteorite!
    We’ve just installed a fantastic new meteorite handling table and video. The objects include pieces of the Moon and Mars which you can actually touch. Paige Tucker has put together a great video of me talking about the meteroites. This project has been in partnership with colleagues at the Open University and was funded by […]
    Posted on 11 December 2015 | 10:53 am
  • Shark and Ray fossils
    A fantastic collection of Shark, Ray and Chimaeroid teeth have recently been donated to the museum. The fossils are from the Eocene period, 53- 36 million years ago. Most of the fossils were collected from Reculver Bay and Herne Bay in Kent. Sharks, rays and chimaeroids all belong to the well-established group known as Chondrichthyes […]
    Posted on 1 December 2015 | 4:30 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

  • Join Manchester Museum’s Junior Youth Board
    Manchester Museum’s Junior Youth Board is an enthusiastic group of young people who volunteer at the Museum. They meet at the Museum once a month on a Saturday. It is a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes, explore the many aspects of the Museum while meeting new people and having fun! The […]
    Posted on 12 January 2016 | 3:41 pm
  • Museum-inspired computer game characters
    Before the festive break, we were delighted to support a Games Development project called ‘Chimera’, undertaken by first year Level 3 BTEC students at Preston’s College. Their brief called for a creature to be designed for use in a video game. The creature needed to have some biological basis in reality to create the illusion of […]
    Posted on 4 January 2016 | 2:41 pm
  • MMU trainee teachers begin their own learning journey here…
    This week and next we are introducing all 210 Manchester Metropolitan University first year BE’d students to the wonderful ways  museums are engaging primary and early years children with history, science and the natural world. The students have been discovering how learning outside the classroom works and what the benefits are to the children’s learning […]
    Posted on 10 December 2015 | 12:01 pm

Herbology Manchester

  • New Year, New Media
      We already have the Herbology blog and the herbarium on twitter (@aristolochia), but from 2016 we will also be contributing images to the Manchester Museum’s Instagram account. So if you’re on Instagram and are interested in museums, herbaria or just beautiful things – please take a look at our images.  
    Posted on 5 January 2016 | 3:44 pm
  • Advent Botany 2015 – Christmas Day: The Christmas Cactus
    By Alastair Culham My grandfather grew a huge Christmas cactus which flowered regularly every year.  It spent the summers in a shady spot in the garden and the winters indoors away from the frost. … Source: Advent Botany 2015 – Christmas Day: The Christmas Cactus
    Posted on 26 December 2015 | 7:04 pm
  • Advent Botany 2015 – Day 24: King Protea
    By Robbie Blackhall-Miles Every year in preparation for Christmas a king from a distant land honours me with its presence. The king of which I speak is a Protea cynaroides, the King Protea, plant t… Source: Advent Botany 2015 – Day 24: King Protea
    Posted on 24 December 2015 | 7:26 pm


  • 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
  • Tracey, Manchester & Multiculturalism
    Here’s my second Thematic Collecting short film featuring Tracey Zengeni. Tracey’s collaborated with Manchester Museum over several years on a multitude of projects and it was fascinating to hear her thoughts: I’ve got one more film to share with you from … Continue reading →
    Posted on 3 December 2015 | 2:28 pm
  • Isabelle, Museums & Migration
    As part of our Thematic Collecting project I’ve captured the thoughts and opinions of several of Manchester Museum’s collaborators. First up is Isabelle Cox: Over the next few of days I’ll upload a couple more, watch this space!
    Posted on 26 November 2015 | 11:15 am

Nature Manchester

  • Climate control: a series of exhibitions and events for 2016
    We at Manchester Museum are working on a series of exhibitions and events for next year exploring climate change- not so much the science, but what people can do about it. Manchester is European City of Science for the next year, and we thought climate change was a great subject to work with. We hear […]
    Posted on 19 December 2015 | 5:08 pm
  • Great New Citizen Science project to record our fossils
    Originally posted on Palaeo Manchester: We have a fantastic new Citizen Science project to record our fossils called Reading Nature’s Library! The idea is to put lots of photographs of our collection online so that anyone can help us record the information. It’s really easy to do and helps make the collection available to everyone.…
    Posted on 20 August 2015 | 1:10 pm
  • Citizen science project on birds’ beaks
    Hello- a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield visited the bird collections at the Manchester Museum (part of the University of Manchester) a few months ago. They are trying to understand how the world’s birds diversified over time, looking at the rate of evolution of different body structures. They took 3d scans of […]
    Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:34 pm

Ancient Worlds

  • Discovering Senenmut: An exciting Egyptian find at Manchester Museum
    Originally posted on BM International Training Programme: Campbell Price Curator of Egypt and Sudan Manchester Museum Making new discoveries is one of the most exciting aspects of working with Manchester Museum’s collection from Ancient Egypt and Sudan. Finding links with the British Museum’s much larger collection has enabled new identifications of objects previously overlooked. This…
    Posted on 17 December 2015 | 11:00 am
  • Manchester Museum’s Monuments Men
    In the recent film The Monuments Men (2014) starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray, a task force is assembled to rescue art masterpieces from the Nazis and return them to their owners. Far from being an invention of Hollywood, it transpires there is some basis in history for this story, and staff from […]
    Posted on 3 December 2015 | 3:05 pm
  • Radiocarbon Dating, the Neanderthal Demise, and the Arrival of Modern Humans in Europe
    This year’s William Boyd Dawkins lecture will be held at 18:30 in University Place, lecture theatre A, Oxford Road, on December 9th, and will be given by Professor Tom Higham (University of Oxford), on:- “Time for the Palaeolithic:Radiocarbon Dating, the Neanderthal Demise, and the Arrival of Modern Humans in Europe”. Radiocarbon dating by AMS is the […]
    Posted on 5 November 2015 | 10:13 am

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

  • 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
  • Yorkshire’s oldest new addition to the ‘Jurassic World’
    Our team from the University of Manchester have identified Britain’s oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast. The vertebra (backbone) originates from a group of dinosaurs that includes the largest land animals to have ever walked on Earth. This new sauropod dinosaur, from the Middle Jurassic Period at about 176 million years old, was found near Whitby, Yorkshire, after it fell out of a cliff face. This find represents the earliest skeletal reco [...]
    Posted on 1 June 2015 | 9:11 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

  • Conservation Visit
    In the December meeting, we were also shown around the Conservation Department by Irit Narkiss. Conservation of museum specimens is, as Irit told us, essentially trying to manage the effects of entropy. As over time, things will always become more … Continue reading →
    Posted on 8 January 2016 | 9:48 pm
  • Visit to the Entomology Stores
    Hi Everyone! During the December meeting, the Youth Board were kindly given a tour of the Entomology Store by the Curator of Arthropods, Dmitri Logunov, the first time that many of the members of the youth board had met Dmitri. … Continue reading →
    Posted on 5 January 2016 | 4:46 pm
  • November Meeting!
    Today the Youth Board was given a tour of the herbarium by Rachel Webster, the curator of Botany. We were shown the changes made to the area after flooding and building work and images from the hosting of the Alice … Continue reading →
    Posted on 14 November 2015 | 3:07 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

  • Collecting On Campaigns – Talk Friday 12 February
    Filed under: Other events
    Posted on 8 February 2016 | 4:38 pm
  • Talk Like an Egyptian – English Corner at Manchester Museum Tuesday 2 Feb
    Join us at Manchester Museum for English Corner on Tuesday 2 February at 1pm for free English conversation class. The theme is Egyptian amulets. English Corner also takes place in Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery. The February dates are: Daytime sessions Tuesday 2 Feb 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL Wednesday […]
    Posted on 29 January 2016 | 3:07 pm
  • Manchester Museum January Events
    English Corner Tues 5 Jan, 1-2.30pm Drop-in, free, adults Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion. Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions Thursday 21 January, 2-3pm Drop-in, free, adults Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be available once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and […]
    Posted on 18 December 2015 | 4:41 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

  • Chinese Zodiac: Part 1 – Monkey
    Symbolic Animals in Living Worlds – Part 1: Monkey In 2016 the Chinese New Year is on 8 February. It is based on a 12 year cycle; each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. 2016 will be the Year of the Monkey. Every Chinese person is born with an […]
    Posted on 5 February 2016 | 9:40 am
  • Talk English – Birds and Butterflies
    Manchester Museum is a treasure trove of objects from all over the world, from fossils to frogs and from elephants to Egyptian mummies. The collection encompasses the weirdest to the most wonderful, with the gallery spaces so often filled with excited chatter and punctuated by moments of quiet contemplation. One of the important roles of […]
    Posted on 29 January 2016 | 9:57 am
  • The War of the Snails, Round One: The Home Favourite
    Sometimes when it comes to museum objects, it is often the smallest thing that has the biggest backstory. One in particular that deserves to be highlighted is in a cabinet with plenty of other big, spectacular, rare and even extinct specimens, but this is perhaps one of the most tragic, as well as one of […]
    Posted on 22 January 2016 | 12:59 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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