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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • Investigating Animal Mummies (I): Crocodiles at Hawara
    Preparations are now well underway for our upcoming exhibition, ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed’, opening October 8th. Working with the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank at the University of Manchester, the exhibition will present their research, investigating how … Continue reading →
    Posted on 16 July 2015 | 5:24 pm
  • Lecture 17/07/15: “Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt”
    “Making colossal statues in Ancient Egypt” by Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt & Sudan 1pm Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum FREE but booking advised More info here As part of our programme of events for the exhibition “Making Monuments … Continue reading →
    Posted on 15 July 2015 | 2:05 pm
  • Curator’s Diary 20/05/15: Discussing & Displaying Tutankhamun
    Last week I attended a conference on the complexities of moving and displaying objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun. These world-renowned artefacts, from perhaps the greatest archaeological find in history, have already begun to be moved from the Egyptian Museum … Continue reading →
    Posted on 22 May 2015 | 2:15 pm

Palaeo Manchester

  • Refloating the Ark
    Originally posted on Collections in the Landscape:Hello…again I’m very pleased to be back at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery and to be involved once more in Collections in the Landscape. I’d only been at my desk for a couple of days last week when I was whisked away to attend a conference hosted by…
    Posted on 26 June 2015 | 12:16 pm
  • Story telling at the La Brea Tar Pits
    One of the reasons I wanted to visit The La Brea Tar Pits was to see how they tell the story of animals in the Last Ice Age. Most of their displays are fairly traditional and date from the 1970s, but include some really spectacular specimens. One of the things I really liked was the […]
    Posted on 5 June 2015 | 12:34 am
  • Migration of Bison at the La Brea Tar pits
    The fossil Bison at the La Brea Tarpits show some amazing evidence of seasonal migration.   By looking at the wear and number of teeth, it is possible to tell that the Bison were either 2 to 4, 14 to 16 or 26 to 30 months old. There are no animals in between these ages, […]
    Posted on 4 June 2015 | 2:03 pm


  • Reflective Tree Frogs
    As mentioned by Chris in his previous posts, one of the interesting adaptations we have been investigating is the ability for some amphibians to reflect light in the infrared spectrum. This may have multiple benefits; one to aid in camouflage, as this increases their ability to match the leaves that they sit on when resting, and […]
    Posted on 24 July 2015 | 11:14 am
  • My time at the vivarium
    My name is Kirsty and if you have visited the vivarium within the past few weeks you may have seen me helping out the other members of staff here. I am about to finish studying my foundation degree in zoo management and in order to gain my degree I needed to complete a five week […]
    Posted on 13 July 2015 | 7:58 pm
  • Theo Jolliffe
    Now back from Central America we actually experiencing better weather here in Manchester than rainy Costa Rica! It was a great trip though and although we got a little washed out at La Selva it was a still wonderful experience for all involved. Apart from our zoology, biology, and plant science students on the field […]
    Posted on 10 July 2015 | 1:20 pm

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • Placement Highlight: Georgia Sivri at Manchester Museum
    In June we were delighted to welcome Georgia Sivri on a placement in our Learning team. Here’s her background and an overview of what she learned while she was here and the contributions she made to our programme. I am currently completing my MA in Museum and Gallery Practice  in UCL Qatar. As part of my […]
    Posted on 10 July 2015 | 4:26 pm
  • Primary school choirs sing their hearts out on our Living Worlds Gallery!
    What an amazing achievement! The network choir group have just performed on our Living Worlds Gallery and they were super impressive! The group consists of children from Birchfields, Oswald Road, Crab Lane, Barlow Hall and Claremont primary schools. They have already performed at People’s History Museum this morning and are next off to the Whitworth […]
    Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:21 pm
  • Egyptian Worlds: the new ‘Pacy Pyramid Challenge’ league table!
    It is 2015 and although some are bemoaning the end of the Christmas period, the beginning of the new spring term is a source of great excitement and anticipation here at the Manchester Museum – Primary schools are coming back to visit us! And what better way to start the new year than to take a look […]
    Posted on 3 July 2015 | 10:01 am

Herbology Manchester

  • High Tea in Wonderland
    The last cake has been served and the last crumbs hoovered up. It’s been top secret, but now we can tell. Yes, we hosted a Manchester International Festival Event in the herbarium: High Tea in Wonderland. The lovely MIF staff transformed our little workspace into a world of quirk and wonder. Before: Corridor with green […]
    Posted on 20 July 2015 | 4:21 pm
  • Graphene’s high-rise meadow
    Back in June, perhaps some of the Graphene Week 2015 attendees spotted this little patch of wildness on the roof of the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester. This green roof was installed as the building was nearing completion in 2014 and is part of the commitment to improving the University’s campus as a habitat […]
    Posted on 19 July 2015 | 10:26 am
  • Say no to the mow!
    For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been watching a patch of ground on my way to work. The soil is thin (I suspect it mainly consists of brick rubble) and consequently the grasses don’t grow very well. Instead it’s been growing a selection of plants with more insect-friendly flowers. Nothing rare or unusual, but a […]
    Posted on 9 June 2015 | 9:40 am


  • Student Engagement with the Living Cultures Collection
    Students are introduced to the Museum’s collections as part of formal teaching programmes in several different departments across the university. Our curators and conservators deliver teaching on many courses, both in the classroom and in the museum itself. In recent … Continue reading →
    Posted on 12 March 2015 | 11:51 am
  • Making Migrants: The British Empire and Mass Migration
    Given the anti-migration rhetoric currently dominating the political discourse you’d be forgiven for believing that Britain has always existed in a state of perpetual ‘splendid isolation’. The truth is the British Isles geographically, economically, culturally and politically have always been … Continue reading →
    Posted on 11 February 2015 | 12:10 pm
  • Art from West Papua
    Earlier this year, my review of Manchester Museum’s Pacific collection uncovered these two shields, which had been packaged and stored above some cupboards so that Stephen Welsh, our current Curator of Living Cultures, had never seen them. When we unwrapped … Continue reading →
    Posted on 8 December 2014 | 12:23 pm

Nature Manchester

  • 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
  • Refloating the Ark arrangements
    Hello- There are less than two weeks to go until ‘Refloating the Ark’. I’ve attached a copy of the delegate list to this email so you know who to look out for. The presentations will take place in Lecture theatre B on the ground floor of the Roscoe Building, which is about 200 metres from […]
    Posted on 6 June 2015 | 1:44 pm
  • Thoughts on ‘Nature Connections 2015′ conference
    Hello- I went to an excellent conference last week, ‘Nature Connections’, at the University of Derby. The conference brought together a wide range of people who are interested or working on the connections between people and nature. One of the main things I took from it was the ongoing problem of discussing people as separate […]
    Posted on 1 April 2015 | 7:57 am

Ancient Worlds

  • Dodecahedron Mystery Solved?
    It is quite some time since I was last persuaded to don my Roman arms and armour (for good reason, I’ve still got the chafe marks on my shoulders to prove it) but an opportunity presented itself recently when my office was flash-mobbed by the Curator of Egyptology, Campbell Price, with visiting researcher Regina Degiovanni who […]
    Posted on 29 July 2015 | 3:03 pm
  • Guest blog: Mice in Antiquity by Greg M.
    Regular readers of this Blog will no doubt recall that mice have sometimes featured in the posts. It is a great pleasure to host a guest contribution by student Greg M. who recently studied a Roman lamp with a depiction of a mouse in Manchester Museum’s collection. He kindly agreed to write this up as a  post for […]
    Posted on 23 July 2015 | 8:18 am
  • Desperately Seeking Silver Salver
    The latest issue (June 2015) of Arrowhead, the newsletter of the Archer-Antiquaries, features an interesting article by Manchester Museum’s Curator of Archery, Wendy Hodkinson, about a silver salver awarded to a man called Peter Muir in 1878.  The occasion of the award was Muir’s retirement from his position as Officer and Bowmaker to the Royal Company, a […]
    Posted on 13 July 2015 | 2:33 pm

Entomology Manchester

  • Interesting event – volunteers are required
    Lets Get the Party Started – Dig the City Grow Wild! Parade. Thursday 30th July 9:30 – 11:30 am Got Green fingers? Wild about Wild flowers? Well come along and join the party, as we take a “Meadow for a Walk” from Hulme Garden Centre into downtown Manchester. Working with the City Council, National Trust […]
    Posted on 17 July 2015 | 1:58 pm
  • Dwarf male and giant female of Nephila clavipes, the Golden Orb-Weaving spider from Costa Rica
    The Golden Orb-Weaving spider – Nephila clavipes (Linnaeus, 1767) of the family Nephilidae – is known from USA to Argentina. In Costa Rica, it occurs in lowland and premontane tropical rain forests. Females make large aerial webs in which they usually occupy the centre. Orb-web spiders are effective predators and can easily subdue prey that […]
    Posted on 23 June 2015 | 4:27 am
  • Groundwater Shrimps that survived the latest Ice Age
    It is known that during the latest Pleistocene glaciations (2.59-0.01 Million years ago) the territory of Britain, as well as of Ireland and many other territories of the northern hemisphere, were covered by glacier and were uninhabitable for terrestrial fauna. During glaciations animals and birds either migrated southward or died out. Palaeontological and genetic evidence […]
    Posted on 27 April 2015 | 11:33 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

  • 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
  • Newfoundland to Alaska....and back again!
    The past few weeks have been a little hectic....this is possibly the biggest understatement of my career. I started a few weeks ago by flying from Manchester to Newark and then headed straight-up to Newfoundland. This was my first stop on my Distinguished Lecturer tour for the American Museum of Natural History (AAPG) who kindly asked that I spread the work on our work at the University of Manchester. Since that first stop I have worked my way across North America giving a series of lectures in [...]
    Posted on 28 March 2015 | 9:58 pm
  • Jurassic Park IV on the horizon....
    Ancient, or prehistoric DNA (usually abbreviated to aDNA) has been of interest to palaeontologists ever since the remote possibility that it might be recovered began to be entertained. The improvement of molecular biological techniques such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the development of laboratory equipment for dealing with and sequencing DNA has greatly expanded the scope of possible research on aDNA, with the result that the field is presently one of active exploration. [...]
    Posted on 19 January 2015 | 4:51 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

  • Whitworth Young Contemporaries , Thursday late

    Posted on 2 June 2015 | 2:34 pm
  • Microverse
    Today we had an extra youth board meeting as it’s half term! We were taking part in the Natural History Museum’s ‘Microverse’ Project – a project which involves various groups swabbing a building and sending them off for the cultures … Continue reading →
    Posted on 28 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
  • Dance of the Butterflies
    Romuald Hazoumè, a contemporary artist from Benin, Africa, created a new piece called ‘Dance of the Butterflies’, featuring a flutter of paper butterflies which together take up different and exciting forms. They featured prominently in the Living World’s exhibition space, … Continue reading →
    Posted on 28 May 2015 | 12:48 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

  • Colossal Statues Make Big Impression
    Colossal Statutes Make Big Impression What connects: Ramesses the Great, Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Queen meeting James Bond for London 2012? Egyptian super-sculptures of course, and all of the above made an appearance in last week’s brilliant Museum Meets talk by Dr Campbell Price, entitled “Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt”. Manchester Museum’s Curator […]
    Posted on 24 July 2015 | 4:48 pm
  • Making Sustainability boring is a crime?
    As part of the Manchester Museum’s Sustainaiblity Summer School, on Thursday 23 July, 1.30-2.30pm there is an opportunity to hear some leading thinkers on sustainability. Making sustainability boring is a crime Join Steve Conor, co-founder and CEO of Creative Concern and the editor of On The Platform as he talks about why he thinks making sustainability […]
    Posted on 16 July 2015 | 9:24 am
  • Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt
    Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt Fri 17 Jul, 1-2pm Like the Rapa Nui, the ancient Egyptians are well-known for creating impressive, over-lifesize stone statues. This talk explores the means of quarrying, transport and activation of colossi in ancient Egypt, and asks why we find such monuments so appealing. Price: Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or […]
    Posted on 14 July 2015 | 12:21 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

  • Rock Blog Part 2
    My previous blog introduces the origins of the earth being a molten ball of fire bombarded by meteorites.  It has taken billions of years to calm and cool before any form of life began; for the oceanic and continental crusts to form, for landmasses to clash and crumple up to create our mountains and oceanic …Read More
    Posted on 12 June 2015 | 9:50 am
  • From Shrunken Heads to Collective Conversations
    Manchester Museum’s galleries are in a constant cycle of renewal, but none have undergone such a radical transformation in both display and interpretation as ethnography. For over a century Manchester Museum has opened its doors and invited visitors to explore its collection of extraordinary objects. As the little girl gazes in wonder, pointing at the huge …Read More
    Posted on 29 April 2015 | 3:52 pm
  • Rapa Nui or Easter Island
    Easter Island or Rapa Nui, as the islanders call it, is an island in the South Pacific. It is 3700km off the coast of the South American continent and is one of the most geographically isolated, inhabited places on earth. The island was formed 3 million years ago when a huge volcanic cone began to …Read More
    Posted on 24 April 2015 | 8:37 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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