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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • 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
  • Object Biography #17: An Anonymous Gilded Mummy Mask (Acc. no. 7931)
    This striking gilded cartonnage mummy mask (Acc. no. 7931) came into the Manchester Museum from the collection of William Sharpe Ogden in 1925, and reputedly derives from the Luxor area. At some point after its arrival in the Museum the … Continue reading →
    Posted on 10 April 2015 | 3:02 pm
  • Botany in Ancient Egypt – Part 2
    Originally posted on Herbology Manchester:by Jemma ? Part 1 of this blog post (https://herbologymanchester.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/botany-in-ancient-egypt-part-1/) focused primarily on how the ancient Egyptians acquired their extensive botanical knowledge. This second blog post will now look more closely at some of the…
    Posted on 20 March 2015 | 11:03 am

Palaeo Manchester


  • Endangered Species Recovery in Mauritius
    My name is George Sayer, I have recently started on the newly accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Endangered Species Recovery, based in Mauritius. The course is run by Durrell Conservation Training Ltd (part of Durrell Wildlife Preservation Society) in collaboration with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) and Government of Mauritius National Parks and Conservation Service (NPCS), […]
    Posted on 9 May 2015 | 10:05 am
  • Pygmy Leaf Chameleons
    Here on the Frog Blog we are no strangers to frogs that look like leaves. However leaf mimicry is not an adaptation exclusive to frogs, in fact there are a lot of species (often hard to find) that use this body design to evade detection from predators. One such species that I currently work with is […]
    Posted on 2 May 2015 | 12:06 am
  • Orquídeas de Mallorca
    Hi, Tom here. After a very busy year starting at Manchester University and moving house, I have become somewhat quiet here on the FrogBlog. However, I have just returned from a week’s fieldwork on comparative and adaptive biology on the sunny island of Mallorca, and felt this would be appropriate time for an orchid-filled return. […]
    Posted on 17 April 2015 | 10:58 am

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • Microverse
    Originally posted on Manchester Museum Youth Board: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 to be analysed. The youth board of course…
    Posted on 28 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
  • Student Consultant Opportunity – the Study, Manchester Museum
    Student Consultants Manchester Museum Volunteer Opportunity Closing date 07.06.15
    Posted on 26 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
  • ‘Top Secret’ case begins its transformation…
    Over the past few months we have been lucky enough to have several visits from a wonderful group of cultural ambassadors from Medlock Primary School. The children range from Year 1-6 and have been curating one of the museum’s more hidden cases in the school and family picnic area in the basement. The children studied […]
    Posted on 22 May 2015 | 2:09 pm

Herbology Manchester

  • Cinchona and Treating Malaria
    by Jemma This blog post is going to focus on the genus Cinchona, which is the source of the antimalarial drug quinine. History The Quechua peoples of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador were the first to realise the medicinal properties of Cinchona. Though now famous as a cure for malaria, the Quechua used the tree’s bark […]
    Posted on 27 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
  • Lemongrass
    by Jemma   Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a dense, clump-forming grass that is found in tropical and subtropical grassland  throughout southeast Asia. It can reach a height of around 2 metres with leaves that are white on the top and green on the underside. Lemongrass flowers are red to reddish-brown in colour.   Culinary uses […]
    Posted on 26 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
  • Chamomile
    by Jemma   Today’s blog post is going to focus on Matricaria chamomilla, which is more commonly known as chamomile or scented mayweed.   It is a highly aromatic shrub native to Europe and Western Asia. Chamomile grows up to 0.5 metres tall and possesses yellow daisy-like flowers that bloom in early- to mid-summer. Sometimes […]
    Posted on 22 May 2015 | 4:45 pm


  • 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

  • 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
  • ‘Refloating the Ark’ detailed conference programme
    Hello- here is the detailed conference programme. It is open to everyone, so if you’re interested, please do come along. Thanks, Henry Refloating the Ark: Connecting the public and scientists with natural history museums Manchester Museum 17–18 June 2015 One day: £25             Two days: £40 (includes refreshments and lunch) A two-day meeting exploring how […]
    Posted on 6 March 2015 | 7:42 am
  • ‘Dance of the Butterflies’ coming to Living Worlds soon
    This week we’ve been preparing for Romuald Hazoume’s ‘Dance of the Butterflies’, due to open on 14th February. Romuald is one of the leading African artists of today, with work that reflects his interest in inequalities in Africa, explored through a sometimes playful approach. ‘Dance of the Butterflies’ is a specially commissioned piece that chimes […]
    Posted on 17 January 2015 | 11:47 am

Ancient Worlds

  • Elephant II
    Oliver East’s commemoration of Maharajah the Indian Elephant’s historic journey from Edinburgh to Manchester in 1872 has stimulated a lot of interest in elephants amongst tweeters and blog contributors. Yesterday I looked at some examples of elephants in the ancient world undertaking even longer journeys than the one that Oliver is re-enacting. The time taken by elephants […]
    Posted on 10 April 2015 | 2:01 pm
  • Elephant
    News that the 160 mile journey of the Indian Elephant Maharajah from Edinburgh to Manchester is being repeated by comic artist Oliver East has really struck a chord here at Manchester Museum, not least because the skeleton of Maharajah is displayed here. Maharajah walked to Manchester with his keeper in 1872. Edinburgh’s menagerie had got into financial difficulty and […]
    Posted on 9 April 2015 | 12:16 pm
  • Egyptology
    A long time ago, before I started working full-time on the Easter island exhibition, there was something of an ancient Egyptian theme going on. It started with finding a wonderful invitation from 1923 in one of the archive boxes. It was addressed to Miss Winifred Crompton to attend a lecture by Howard Carter. Miss Crompton was […]
    Posted on 4 April 2015 | 8:32 am

Entomology Manchester

  • 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
  • Field trip to Iceland, 2014 – Edible mushrooms
    One of the aims of our field work in Iceland was to visit the areas with the native forest of Downy Birch (Betula pubescens). We’ve visited several places with the birch forest, for instance, the site in the southern shore of the Lake Myvatn and the forest along Logurinn fjord in eastern Iceland. In both […]
    Posted on 18 August 2014 | 8:35 am
  • Field trip to Iceland, 2014 – Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn
    While travelling from the Town of Stykkishólmur to the Town of Grundarfjördur (road No.54, along the northern coast of Snaefellsnes Peninsula), about half-way, we came across a road sign depicting a shark (see on photo). The information desk below this sign said that there the place Bjarnarhöfn is named after Björn Ketilsson from Norway who […]
    Posted on 11 August 2014 | 11:36 am

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

  • 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
  • I see dead things....
    The white noise of the Stanford synchrotron has started to lullaby me to sleep....this helped by the metronomic back and forth of the sample stage, like some high-tech macabre hypnotist act performing to the Borg. The first 6 days of beam time were straight forward, but this should have been 10 ten days of scanning prior to this point. Alas, one of the beam lines on which we were meant to work had a slight 'leak' of radiation...so we were unable to give our fossil samples an EXAFS bath that they [...]
    Posted on 17 December 2014 | 1:52 am

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

  • 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
  • Bats in Museums
    As well as my work with the Manchester Museum Youth Board, I have been involved with the conservation of live animals, specifically bat surveys with South Lancashire and Cheshire Bat Groups. I became aware of the South Lancashire Bat Group … Continue reading →
    Posted on 18 April 2015 | 1:00 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

  • Rapa Nui, English Corner, Collection Bites & Secrets of Nature
    Rapa Nui is our theme for the May half term holidays. In June we’ve a busy couple of weeks for events for adults – English Corner, Collections Bites on an Egyptian theme, an evening of science with Secrets of Nature, an exhibition tour of Rapa Nui all combined with our regular Wednesday tours. Mon 25 […]
    Posted on 23 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
  • Building the great monuments of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – Saturday 23 May – 2-3pm
    Sat 23 May, 2-3pm. Based on fieldwork on the island by Professor Colin Richards, an archaeologist at The University of Manchester, this talk will explore the social significance of the range of volcanic materials that are used in the construction of the ceremonial platforms (ahu), including the statues (moai) and topknots (pukao). The recent excavations […]
    Posted on 18 May 2015 | 9:36 am
  • Brighter Sound: Manchester After Dark
    Brighter Sound: After Hours at Manchester Museum Brighter Sound: After Hours at Manchester Museum Thursday 14th May, 6-9pm, FREE We are delighted to announce that Brighter Sound and Manchester Museum will be part of Creative Tourist’s After Hours programme of events in wider conjunction with Museums at Night taking place on Thursday 14th May. After […]
    Posted on 8 May 2015 | 3:07 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

  • 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
  • Rock Blog Part 1
    One of the attractions of museums is they preserve and display things from mysterious parts of the planet that are rarely visited. In this series of blogs, I am hoping to delve deeper into some of the mystery and excitement, the stories behind some pretty innocuous looking objects that might otherwise be overlooked. Rocks for …Read More
    Posted on 7 April 2015 | 9:51 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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