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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • 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
  • New light under old wrappings (II): The temple singer Perenbast
    The British Museum opens its latest exhibition, Ancient Lives, New Discoveries, this week. Here in Manchester, which the exhibition acknowledges is the home of mummy studies, we have been carrying out similar research on our 20 human mummies, and many … Continue reading →
    Posted on 22 May 2014 | 1:47 pm
  • Mummy Cartonnage: An Introduction
    Originally posted on Faces&Voices:Mummy mask of the Ptolemaic period, probably from Hawara, Manchester Museum 2781.a As all of you should know by now, I am remarkably pedantic. Therefore when I don’t know much about a topic, I…
    Posted on 17 May 2014 | 3:16 pm

Palaeo Manchester

  • Howie Minerals…
    Originally posted on Adam, the (Trainee) Natural Science Curator:Yesterday with David, the Museums Curator of Earth Science collections, I had my first experience in working with some of the Mineralogy collection down in the stores. It involved working with the Howie Mineral collection. This is a collection that was acquired by the Museum after the passing…
    Posted on 24 July 2014 | 8:26 am
  • Building our new Gorgosaurus!
    We’ve got a brand new dinosaur called Gorgosaurus on loan! Here’s how we got on building it: This fabulous new cast was found in 1997 in Montana, USA. Find out more about it’s discovery. It has hot footed it’s way from London after being on display at the Summer Science Exhibition at the Royal Society. […]
    Posted on 15 July 2014 | 12:01 pm
  • Reynard’s Kitchen Cave hoard – Late Iron Age and Roman coins
    Find out more on Buxton Museum’s Blog: Reynard’s Kitchen Cave hoard – Late Iron Age and Roman coins. The hoard consists of 26 coins, mostly Late Iron Age but including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD 43. It is believed to be the first time coins of these two origins […]
    Posted on 10 July 2014 | 3:48 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
  • Southern sculptures
    This week I visited the wonderful Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia. Its many years since I was last there and the place is as beautiful as ever. Atlanta Botanical Gardens is set in 30 Acres of parkland and is a non-profit organisation that aims to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and […]
    Posted on 6 July 2014 | 8:39 pm
  • Tree snakes
    Tree snakes come in many colours and sizes, and most are highly nocturnal. In Costa Rica I come across many species, both venomous, like the beautiful Eyelash Viper, or non-venomous, such as the many active snakes that can be found living around aquatic breeding sites, where lizards sleep on their perches and night-time frogs are […]
    Posted on 24 June 2014 | 9:35 pm

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • 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
  • Manchester Museum Camp
    On Friday 13 June 2014 the Museum welcomed a group of young adults from the Charity Pure Innovations – who support people with a disability and disadvantaged groups to lead better lives. The group have all completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and are now embarking on their Duke of Edinburgh, Silver Award. Some […]
    Posted on 7 July 2014 | 10:53 am
  • Inspirational Youth Board Member speaks at Engagement Manchester
    Hello! Last week saw the latest engagement@manchester event held at Manchester Museum with its focus being upon ‘How to engage with young people outside the classroom’ These events are great ways to meet informally for some professional development and a chance to network with other colleagues across the university who may be involved in similar […]
    Posted on 29 May 2014 | 9:17 am

Herbology Manchester

  • Cleaning a specimen – by Jamie Matley
      There are times when it isn’t necessary for a specimen to be re-mounted. Sometimes all the specimen sheet needs is a good cleaning.   Below you will see the process of cleaning a specimen sheet. As you can see in the above images, the sheet is dirty around the edges – this is due […]
    Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:14 pm
  • Transferring from Newspaper – by Jamie Matley
            We come across plenty of specimens placed in newspapers – this one is from 1912! – Not all of them, like this one, are secured with tape. But, when they do have tape, we have to cut through the tape with either a knife (pictured) or a scalpel. Once the specimen […]
    Posted on 14 July 2014 | 1:20 pm
  • An introduction and how to remount specimens
    Hello! My name is Jamie and I am the curatorial apprentice within the herbarium.I have been here since February and will continue to be here until the following February (2015). I have been in the herbarium for 5 months now, and we thought it was time for me to introduce myself to the blog. My […]
    Posted on 8 July 2014 | 2:38 pm


  • 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
  • Japan in Manchester & Beyond
    Yesterday I attended the Researching and Using Japanese Collections in Museums study day at the Palace Green Library, University of Durham. The Library is currently host to the V&A exhibition The Seven Treasures: Japanese Enamels from the V&A and their … Continue reading →
    Posted on 10 June 2014 | 2:12 pm
  • Exhibiting Concepts, Experiencing Meanings
    I’ve just joined Manchester Museum as Trainee Curator in Anthropology as part of the Future Curators programme at the British Museum. A couple of weeks ago, Stephen Welsh and I attended a symposium at the University of East Anglia in … Continue reading →
    Posted on 28 May 2014 | 4:15 pm

Nature Manchester

  • 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
  • Nature’s Beauty and an Ecology of Mind
    Originally posted on Finding Nature:A couple of recent research papers have considered the role of nature’s beauty in nature connectedness and the associated benefits of well-being and pro-social behaviour. The first looked at how a connection to nature is related to well-being. In two studies the authors found that the positive relationship between a…
    Posted on 17 June 2014 | 12:24 pm
  • Conference on natural history museums and environmental sustainability, June 2015
    Hello, I’m organising a two-day meeting, to be held at Manchester Museum on 18-19 June 2015. The meeting is titled ‘Refloating the Ark: Connecting the public and scientists with natural history museums’. This will explore how natural history museums can contribute towards environmental sustainability, by engaging effectively with the public and the scientific research community. […]
    Posted on 16 June 2014 | 9:40 am

Ancient Worlds

  • Young Archaeologists Dig at Castleshaw
    It was a very wet day when I met members of Manchester Museum’s Young Archaeologists Club in the car park opposite the site of the Roman fort site at Castleshaw near Oldham last Saturday. Despite the weather, it was too good an opportunity to miss because the site is currently the subject of a four week community archaeology […]
    Posted on 22 July 2014 | 1:32 pm
  • A Coin of Corfu in the North West
    The copper coin in the image above was found by a metal-detectorist at a metal-detectign rally last month. Keith Sugden, Curator of Numismatics has identified it as a “Greek Imperial” coin (i.e. a Roman coin struck in one of the Greek cities of the empire). It shows the Emperor Commodus (177-192 AD) and the piece […]
    Posted on 14 July 2014 | 4:46 pm
  • Pictures at an Exhibition: Koma Figurines Return to Ghana
    It is a couple of months since the Koma figurines exhibition Fragmentary Ancestors came to an end at Manchester Museum. That was not the end of the story, however, because after the end of the exhibition in Manchester the figurines were shipped back to Ghana and the exhibition was recreated in the museum in Accra. […]
    Posted on 11 July 2014 | 11:42 am

Entomology Manchester

  • Costa Rica fieldcourse 2014 – Large Forest-floor Millipede
    Large Forest-floor Millipedes (Nyssodesmus python, family Platyrhacidae), a member of Flat-backed Millipedes (Order Polydesmida), are typical dwellers of moist and wet forests of the Carribean slope of Costa Rica and are very common in the La Selva Natural Reserve. Every visitor can see them day and night slowly crawling over forest leaf-litter or along foot […]
    Posted on 11 July 2014 | 6:13 pm
  • Costa Rica fieldcourse 2014 – Harvestmen
    Harvestmen (Opiliones) represent a diverse group of arachnids, with more than 6,500 species described worldwide; see here for a complete list. Everyone seems to be familiar with these animals which have an oval/round body and long-long thin legs; this why their English common name: ‘daddy-long-legs’. However, there are short-legged species as well. The harvestman fauna […]
    Posted on 25 June 2014 | 3:01 am
  • Costa Rica fieldcourse 2014 – Leafcutter Ants
    At the La Selva Biological Station (Costa Rica), where we are now and where students are doing their individual research projects, there are lots of Leafcutter Ants. ‘Leafcutter ants’ is a group name for 47 species of the two genera Atta and Acromyrmex occurring in Mexico, Central and South Americas. Leafcutter ants form very large […]
    Posted on 24 June 2014 | 4:04 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

  • Dino-Day at the Royal Society....

    Posted on 29 June 2014 | 6:00 pm
  • NERC Planet Earth Online...
    The splendid folks from the NERC Planet Earth podcast came over to Manchester to look at our rather fun collection of bones...the said bones will combine to be the centrepiece of our Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit next week...gulp...yes, only a week left to get everything sorted!If you want to listen to the podcast, please click this LINK.
    Posted on 24 June 2014 | 7:36 pm
  • Face-planted human skeletons, rigid lemons and UV lights...
    The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition exhibit is slowly taking shape. Each day a new order of wonderfully synthetic fruits arrive in the mail. Today a 'bi-folded' human skeleton arrived in its cardboard coffin...our freebie UV light pens are also winging their way towards Manchester...soon to be despatched to London, all stuffed inside a wonderfully crammed truck...with a dinosaur peeping-out between the debris. The fun really starts next Friday, when all is delivered to Carlton House Terr [...]
    Posted on 19 June 2014 | 5:51 pm

Whitworth Parklife

  • 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
  • Whitworth Park project Ehibition
      After months of preparation our project exhibition opens today. There was great excitement at the private view, with lots of community volunteers and students present to see the results of all their work on display. Thanks again to everyone … Continue reading →
    Posted on 24 May 2014 | 9:30 am
  • Post-Excavation Week
    This week we have been processing the finds from the excavation: washing, drying and cataloguing the material, ready for storage and specialist analysis. We’ve also been filling in final details of context sheets, chasing site records and unpacking our digging … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 July 2013 | 9:10 pm

Manchester Museum Youth Board

  • 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
  • July Meeting
    The Youth Board met today (12 July) for our last formal meeting for the academic year. We discussed our plans to work with other youth groups in the city over the summer via the Z-Arts Trailblazers project. The groups we plan … Continue reading →
    Posted on 12 July 2014 | 1:52 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

  • Urban Naturalist at Manchester Museum – Parklife
    Urban Naturalist Manchester Museum Sat 26 July 2-4pm Join Phil Rispin, Curatorial Assistant of Entomology to find out more about the insects and plant life that has been found at Whitworth Park during previous BioBlitz events with Grey to Green at the park. Get some practical tips on insect identification and what you can spot […]
    Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:50 pm
  • CHINESE TEA CEREMONY – Thursday, 24 July 2014
    The Confucius Institute Come along with your lunch and enjoy a demonstration of a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. If you are interested please register your interest by emailing confuciusinstitute . The next Confucius Institute Lunchtime talk at Manchester Museum is on 24 September 2014, 1-2pm World War 1 and China: the Chinese Labour Corps in […]
    Posted on 17 July 2014 | 3:58 pm
  • Parklife
    Collection Bites – a programme of monthly talks at Manchester Museum – take a closer look at the Museum’s collections; offering visitors an often unexpected insight into the many projects that take place and diverse range of objects. On Wednesday 2 July Dr. Hannah Cobb, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester, delivered a […]
    Posted on 11 July 2014 | 10:31 am

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

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

The Manchester Museum Myths About Race Blog

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

Enquiremanchester's Weblog

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

Manchester King Monkey...

  • Chinese Archaeologists Unearth 2,400-year-old ‘Soup’
    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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