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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

  • Dazzling things for Akhenaten & Nefertiti: Glass production at Amarna
    In a guest blog, Dr Anna Hodgkinson, of the Freie Universität and the Egyptian Museum, Berlin, discusses some interesting pieces from Amarna, the capital city of ‘heretic’ king Akhenaten I recently spent two days working in the stores of Manchester Museum, … Continue reading →
    Posted on 11 November 2015 | 2:20 pm
  • MAES Lecture 09/11/15: ‘The Mysteries of Nefertiti’ by Dr. Aidan Dodson
    The next Manchester Ancient Egypt Society lecture will be given by Dr Aidan Dodson (University of Bristol) The Mysteries of Nefertiti Monday 9th November, 7:30pm Pendulum Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL All welcome Nefertiti remains one of the most iconic … Continue reading →
    Posted on 8 November 2015 | 11:14 am
  • FREE Study day 14/11/15 – ‘Discovering Animal Mummies’
    ‘Discovering Animal Mummies’ Saturday 14th November, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum. 10am-4pm. FREE A chance  to discover more about the fascinating stories behind our exhibition, ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed’ Programme 10:00     Registration and coffee 10:20     Dr. … Continue reading →
    Posted on 4 November 2015 | 9:57 am

Palaeo Manchester

  • Great New Citizen Science project to record our fossils
    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. So please have a go! […]
    Posted on 17 August 2015 | 8:54 am
  • 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


  • Frogs in Madagascar
    Having completed my Diploma in Mauritius, I decided to go for a trip to Madagascar before returning to the UK. I spent 3 weeks travelling up the ‘backbone’ of the country North to South, visiting many National and Community Nature Reserves. Madagascar is a place of unbelievable diversity and endemicity, but under immense pressure from a […]
    Posted on 20 November 2015 | 5:14 pm
  • Real Resources
    Apart from the vivarium’s collection of live animals being an important educational and research resource of Manchester Museum we also have a wealth of other unique natural history material available to support learning. We have some of the countries top professional curators who specialise in nature – particularly Zoology, Botany, and Entomology, the collections which […]
    Posted on 30 October 2015 | 8:49 pm
  • Special Sessions
    The myriad of engagement activities our live collection facilitates is fundamental to the work being achieved by the Vivarium. From use with our Baby Explorer sessions for tiny tots, to supporting undergraduate and PhD student projects, our live collection supports a huge variety of activities. All the team here contribute to the delivery of sessions, […]
    Posted on 18 October 2015 | 3:42 pm

Learning at Manchester Museum

  • Outstanding Haveley Hey’s Year 6!
    What a fantastic school Haveley Hey Primary school is, and what a credit to the school the Year 6 children were. The classes who took part in fossil handling and investigative work this morning and they were remarkable! The children were very clued up; so many of the class knew how to recognise, and knew […]
    Posted on 24 November 2015 | 1:25 pm
  • Half term ideas for science pupils!
    Have your pupils entered the NWBLT science competition yet? If not, why not set it for homework over the half term break. The closing date for entries is 6th November 2015 and the winner receives an iPad mini and cash for their school. To enter the competition pupils need to email  info@nwblt.co.uk on “Why I want to […]
    Posted on 13 October 2015 | 4:25 pm
  • Creative Practitioner Opportunity: Extended
    Exciting news! We are extending our closing date for Creative Practitioners to apply to work with us  and up to six partner schools on our Art of Identity project. The opportunity is  part of our third year partnership with Children and the Arts who are funding Manchester Museum as part of their Start programme. We are looking for Artists  to deliver our project […]
    Posted on 12 October 2015 | 11:59 am

Herbology Manchester

  • Manchester Herbarium’s grand re-opening!
    After a year of full closure while the Museum roof was rebuilt and about a further 5 years of disruption since the window replacement work began, we finally have the herbarium back up and running. So we thought it was high time to host a party to remind the rest of the Museum and the University’s plant […]
    Posted on 24 November 2015 | 5:01 pm
  • November Meeting!
    Originally posted on Manchester Museum Youth Board: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 in Wonderland tea party as part of the…
    Posted on 17 November 2015 | 11:54 am
  • Rutherford’s Garden Energy Futures Interviews
    Originally posted on Museum Meets:Energy Futures interview series As part of the Rutherford’s Garden arts/sciences collaborations research project (commissioned by The University of Manchester, artist/curator James Brady is conducting a series of one-to-one interviews with notable North West based researchers in the sciences and humanities. The broad theme is ‘Energy Futures’ and he will…
    Posted on 14 October 2015 | 4:52 pm


  • Curious About the Congo? The Study’s the Place to Be
    On 11th September 2015 Manchester Museum opens it’s dynamic new space The Study. The Study will provide stimulating surroundings and resources for users ranging from hobbyists to academics to explore and be inspired by the museum’s encyclopaedic collections. Part of this new space is a … Continue reading →
    Posted on 13 August 2015 | 12:46 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

Nature Manchester

  • 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
  • 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

Ancient Worlds

  • 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
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • The Student Forum
    One of the things that we are planning for this year is a series of events known as The Student Forum (working title). The aim is to host talks, debates, tours and workshops in The Study for young people, specifically … Continue reading →
    Posted on 24 October 2015 | 2:00 pm
  • A taste of what’s to come…
    Posted on 11 October 2015 | 1:06 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

  • Rock Music
    Image: Owl Project recording the sound of Karl Lee Flint Knapping. November 2015 28th November 2015 2 – 3pm The Study Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL — Owl Project Present Rock Music at Manchester Museum Join Owl Project as they discuss their latest work, following a residency at Manchester […]
    Posted on 24 November 2015 | 8:57 am
  • Manchester Museum, Cities at Manchester and the Biospheric Studio present Leading Thinker – Istvan Kenyeres Friday 20 November 5.30-8.30pm
    Manchester Museum and Cities at Manchester are pleased to be working with the Biospheric Studio to host leading thinker, Istvan Kenyeres to speak on Friday 20 November 5.30-8.30pm, as part of the Massive Change series. Vincent Walsh, Chief Executive of Biospheric Studio, and Istvan Kenyeres, founder of Organica Water and the Biopolus Group in Budapest […]
    Posted on 16 November 2015 | 10:29 am
  • FREE Study day 14/11/15 – ‘Discovering Animal Mummies’
    Source: FREE Study day 14/11/15 – ‘Discovering Animal Mummies’Filed under: Other events
    Posted on 5 November 2015 | 5:31 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

  • There be dragons here …
    In times of peace, how do highly skilled makers of armour fill their time? This was the plight of the Japanese metalsmiths during the Edo period. Jizai Okimono translates literally as ‘move freely decorative object’. They are small articulated iron figures of animals, but can also be made from copper, silver and gold alloys. Fully …Read More
    Posted on 20 November 2015 | 5:15 pm
  • Murder in Mesopotamia?
    It is said that every object tells a story. Some are short stories, others novels; some are filled with romance, others with mystery and intrigue, meaning the archaeologist or historian has to rely on their “little grey cells” to figure it out. It is easy to see objects as evidencing the lives of the people …Read More
    Posted on 13 November 2015 | 4:53 pm
  • A Closer Look at the Katanga Cross
    Our money gallery boasts a vast collection of objects, all with their own unique history. It is reflective of the fact that money has had an important role in the evolution of many societies. One of the special items we possess is the Katanga cross, which appears to captivate many audiences. This particular piece is …Read More
    Posted on 6 November 2015 | 9:42 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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