China Gallery Morris Abraham Cohen (1897-1970)

In this guest post, Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, provides an update on his search of material for the new Lee Kai Hung Gallery of Chinese Culture, due to open in 2021. It is now a couple of months since I began my Headley Trust with Art Fund Fellowship and I have been having…

South Asia Gallery Collective visit the stores

A guest post from Rachel Webster, Curator of Botany, and David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences, on exploring the stores with the South Asia Gallery Collective. At the end of June the South Asia Gallery collective paid a visit to look at some of the South Asia-related stories waiting to be told in the geology…

European Researchers Night

Friday 27 September is European Researcher’s Night and for the fifth time Manchester Museum will be hosting a special late opening showcasing Manchester’s finest researchers and their work for an adult audience. There will be research on show, music, drinks and a lively atmosphere. Our participation in European Researchers Night is funded by the Natural…

Nature Connections – Part 2

This second post by Hannah Chalk, Learning Manager and Katherine Majewski, Curatorial Assistant (Vivarium) provides some more detail on a number of topics and questions that were raised during the ‘Nature Connections’ conference, that we felt were particularly relevant to the Museum’s work. As mentioned in the previous blog post, what makes nature connectedness particularly…

Call for artists to explore Partition

Manchester Museum and the Whitworth are planning a partnership event on Saturday 17 August to commemorate the history of the Partition of India. We are looking for two artists who will be paid a fee to facilitate a family-friendly creative workshop exploring: Either: The history of the Partition of India should be integral to the…

Nature Connections – Part 1

This is the first of two blog posts, co-authored by Hannah Chalk, Learning Manager and Katherine Majewski, Curatorial Assistant (Vivarium), about the ‘Nature Connections’ conference that we attended earlier this month, and how it relates to our work in the Museum. In this first post, we provide a brief overview of nature connectedness and why…

Muso Baby: a therapist’s perspective

A guest post from Rachel Swanick, musician and music therapist, who has been working alongside the Health and Wellbeing team at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth for just over 2 years. Here, Rachel adds to Elaine’s earlier post about the Muso Baby social prescribing pilot, and provides additional insight from her own perspective. The purpose…

Out and About in Geneva

A guest post from Barinur Rashid, Secondary and Post-16 Science Coordinator, and Nusrat Ahmed, South Asia Galley Community Producer, about their recent trip to Geneva. Back in May, we visited two museums in Geneva to explore different ways that museums work with communities and in search of some ideas and inspiration for the new South…

Bittersweet

A guest post from Ellie Doney about Bittersweet, an After Hours event at the Museum back in February, hosted by FEAST Journal in collaboration with The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, Museumand. Ellie is an artist and materials specialist who is currently engaged in practice-led research into our relationship with materials. Her work explores the crossover…

Out and About: Berlin

A guest post from Amy McDowall, Primary Learning Coordinator; Olivia Brett, Volunteer Coordinator; and Karen Brackenridge, Volunteer Assistant, about their recent trip to Berlin. First up is Amy: My role is coordinating the programmes for primary schools, so I was really grateful to meet with Marijam and Lisa from the Märkisches Museum, part of Berlin’s…

Our shared cultural heritage

A guest post by Sadia Habib who has recently joined the Museum as coordinator for the ‘Our Shared Cultural Heritage’ project. For the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how cultural institutions can become useful and inspiring spaces for young people interested in doing creative work about identity, belonging and social justice.  What would…

Muso Baby: social prescribing pilot

A guest post from Elaine Bates, Early Years Coordinator, on pilotting Muso Baby, a social prescribing programme, at the Museum. As part of ther hello future project, we are piloting a series of activities with health partners with a view to to developing a portfolio of social prescribing programmes. This builds on our extensive arts…

South Asia Gallery Collective at the Whitworth

A guest post by Irit Narkiss, Conservator of Objects and Access and the South Asia Gallery’s designated conservator, on a recent research trip with the South Asia Gallery Collective. The South Asia Gallery Collective has recently trooped down the road to the Whitworth to explore South Asian textiles with Assistant Curator of Textiles and Wallpaper,…

Help lead us into the future

How would you like to work with a remarkable encyclopaedic collection of over 4 million objects and specimens, a committed team of curators and conservators and lead the development of new exhibition spaces and programmes, all at one of the world’s leading university museums? We are pleased to announce a new opportunity to work with…

Manchester Museum’s first Iftar party

A guest post from Sadia Habib, the Museum’s new ‘Our Shared Cultural Heritage Coordinator’, about the Museum’s first Iftar party on 16 May. Manchester Museum had its first Iftar gathering in its 127 year history, and it was the hottest ticket in town! In recent years, gigantic Iftar events have become all the rage and…

Highlights from the China Collection

In this guest post, Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, shares some of his work to explore the Museum’s China Collections in search of material for the new Lee Kai Hung Gallery of Chinese Culture, due to open in 2021. As many of you know I am very lucky to have been selected for a…

Trip to New Orleans

A second post from Baz, Secondary and Post-16 Coordinator for Science, this time about his trip to New Orleans last autumn, supported by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success scheme. New Orleans, also known as the “Big Easy” is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history…

Highlights from Singapore

A guest post from Baz, Secondary and Post-16 Coordinator for Science, about his trip to Singapore which was supported by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success scheme. This is the first of a two-part post, and in the next blog, Baz shares some highlights from New Orleans. Last year I was fortunate enough two…

Partition Museum Partnership

In April, we opened our new temporary exhibition, ‘Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege’. The exhibition was developed in partnership with The Partition Museum, Amritsar and is based on their commemorative exhibition ‘Punjab under Siege’. This guest post from Priyanka Seshadri, the Partition Museum Associate who worked closely with Cat Lumb and Stephen Welsh at…

South Asia Gallery Collective at Manchester Art Gallery

A guest post by Nusrat Ahmed, South Asia Gallery Community Producer, with an update on the South Asia Gallery Collective’s recent visit to Manchester Art Gallery. Hello Everyone. A bit about myself, my name is Nusrat Ahmed and on 1st April I started a new role at Manchester Museum as South Asia Gallery Community Producer. …

South Asia Gallery Collective at John Rylands Library

A guest post from Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, with an update on the South Asia Gallery Collective. On Saturday 30 March a number of the South Asia Gallery Collective embarked on our second research visit to the John Rylands Library, also part of the University of Manchester, located on Deansgate in Manchester. We were…

Developments in volunteering: part 2

In this second post Kate, our Volunteer Coordinator, shares some of the new activities, roles and partnerships that have been developed over the last six months and some exciting events to look out for in the future. On-gallery conservation volunteers One of the most popular new roles at the Museum has been the on-gallery conservation…

Developments in volunteering: part 1

A guest post from Kate Glynn, our Volunteer Coordinator, who reflects on the development of the Museum’s volunteer programmes over the last six months, before she takes a short break from the Museum to go on Maternity Leave. At Manchester Museum, we are very lucky to be supported by a brilliant team of 190 volunteers…

South Asia Gallery: Collective Endeavour

A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the South Asia Gallery. At the third South Asia Gallery workshop at the end of January we explored the transformational possibilities of co-curation and our aspiring co-curators signed up to help us create collections-based anthologies. Since then the South Asia Collective…

Alfred Bosshardt a Manchester Missionary in China

A guest post from Bryan Sitch, our Curator of Archaeology, who shares some of the fascinating stories he has uncovered whilst carrying out research for the Chinese Culture Gallery at the Museum. Since getting back from my first Headley Trust with Art Fund Fellowship research visit I have been reviewing what I saw. I visited…

Inside Out

A guest post from Amy, our Primary Learning Co-ordinator, about her recent work with primary pupils to bring the ‘working scientifically’ topic to life by exploring some of the different ways in which the Museum does this behind the scenes. This year, thanks to the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering Widening Participation…

Digital volunteering

As well as our successful onsite volunteering programmes, the Museum also benefits from the time and dedication of a growing global community of digital volunteers. This guest blog post from Hetti Tomlin, Honorary Curatorial Assistant at the Museum, sheds some light on some of the vital work that goes on behind the scenes (and across…

All staff day 2019

On Tuesday 12 February, the Museum closed its doors to the public to bring everyone together for an all staff day. It is hard to believe that our last all staff day was just four months ago, and at that point, we were about to move into the partial closure period, operating with just the…

Multilingual Manchester student tours

As part of our partnership with Multilingual Manchester (MLM), we have recently been working on an exciting new project to support students to develop the skills they need to be able to deliver museum tours. Building on existing work at MLM to support supplementary schools, the idea is to look at how the Museum can…

Gdansk trip part 4: an inspiring programme

The final blog about my recent trip to Gdansk describes the Solidarity Academy programme in more detail and offers some reflections on how this relates to the Museum’s work. Back in November, I had the absolute pleasure of attending (as a mostly passive observer) the European Centre for Solidarity’s (ECS) Solidarity Academy (SA) programme for…

Inspiration from across the pond: part 3

A guest post from Rachel Petts, Curatorial Assistant of Natural Sciences, sharing some of her highlights of the Museum’s recent trip to Washington as part of the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success scheme. After an exciting but fleeting visit to New York, we all hopped on the train to Washington. We spent the next…

After hours: new spring programme

Towards the end of last year, we embarked on a new ‘After hours’ programme at the Museum. The varied programme explored some new ways of working, both through one-off collaborations and by developing new and long term partnerships. Building on this experience, the team has developed a set of aims to guide the development of…

A call to action

Heritage Futures is the new exhibition at Manchester Museum that asks how we can shape the future and explores four key themes: Uncertainty Transformation Profusion Diversity Alongside the Heritage Futures exhibition, the Museum has created a dedicated space, the Heritage Futures Studio, where we will explore new ways of working with people to help shape…

New year, new job?

hello future is our vision for the Museum to become the UK’s most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum, committed to building understanding between cultures and a sustainable world. We are pleased to announce two new opportunities to work with us at the Museum as we embark on this exciting new journey. If you would like…

Socially Engaged Process-Based Creative Practice

A guest blog from Kate Eggleston-Wirtz, Multi-disciplinary Artist, on her arts and health work with the Museum and beyond, and its therapeutic benefits for people living with dementia. I am a multi-disciplinary artist originally from the United States who has lived in England for over twenty years. I trained as an illustrator, which gave me…

Inspiration from across the pond: part 2

A guest post from Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, who shares her reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, part of the Museum’s trip to New York and Washington that was funded through the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development programme. We started our adventures in New York where we had the…

Gdansk trip part 3: The Solidarity Academy

This third blog about my recent trip to Gdansk focuses on the European Solidarity Centre’s Solidarity Academy programme, which I was able to visit thanks to funding provided by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development scheme.  The European Solidarity Centre’s Solidarity Academy is, as far as I can tell, absolutely unique in…

Our South Asia Gallery Journey

A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the development of the Museum’s South Asia Gallery. Since spring our South Asia Gallery has undergone somewhat of a radical transformation, shifting from a gallery primarily focused on chronology and collections to one embedding co-curation and lived experience. So how did…

A Visit to China

A guest post from Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, about his recent trip to China. It is almost a year since Dr Lee Kai Hung’s generous gift to the University of Manchester with the intention of creating a new China Gallery at Manchester Museum. Having been asked to be lead curator on the project,…

Gdansk trip part 2: Exhibiting Solidarity

This blog is the second in a series of four posts about my recent trip to Gdansk where I spent some time at the European Solidarity Centre, thanks to funding provided by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development scheme. As described in my previous post, the European Solidarity Centre (ECS) is more…

Gdansk trip part 1: Re-imagining the Civic Museum

This blog is the first in a series of four posts about my recent trip to Gdansk where I spent some time at the European Solidarity Centre, thanks to funding provided by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development scheme.  As Learning Manager, my role has focused on the ‘formal’ programmes and resources…

Manchester Museum’s Human Bower

As mentioned in a previous post, we will be opening our Heritage Futures exhibition in December. In addition to the Polar Tombola activity, the Museum will be running a programme around our new Human Bower installation. In this guest post, Shelly Castle of Encounters Arts, describes how the idea for the Human Bower came about,…

Inspiration from across the pond: part 1

A guest post from David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences: Myself and colleagues from across different areas of the Museum have just returned from a fantastic trip to visit the best museums in New York and Washington. The trip was generously funded through Manchester University’s Investing in Success fund that supports professional development across the…

Behind the scenes

A guest post from Kate Sherburn, Curatorial Assistant (Natural Environments) about some of the work that has been taking place behind the scenes: Before embarking on our hello future development, we carried out a lot of preparation work behind the scenes. One of the first steps was to empty the large object store on the…

Polar Tombola

Alongside the Heritage Futures exhibition that is due to open on 14 December, we will be holding a series of events and programmes that will encourage visitors to think what should or can we keep for future generations and what we should let go, both personally and in terms of the Museum’s work. Last week,…

Re-writing the future

On 14 December we will be opening a new exhibition on our third floor; Heritage Futures explores the choices we make as individuals and organisations, about what to preserve – what is ‘important’? The exhibition builds on a 4-year long research project and will present international case studies alongside our own collections to prompt visitors…

All Staff Day

A guest post from Cat Lumb, Secondary and Post-16 Humanities Co-ordinator On Monday 1st October Manchester Museum closed its doors for only the second day of this year (previously only closed on New Years Day), for an All Staff Day; giving the whole museum a chance to briefly pause, take stock, and prepare for the…

Boost season 2

A guest post from Olivia Brett, Arts and Health Programme Assistant During this phase of capital redevelopment and exciting change, as we head towards hello future, we’ve developed a wellbeing programme based around the 6 ways to wellbeing; be active, keep learning, give, connect, take notice and care for the planet. Change can be scary…