We’re Off!

A guest post from Rowena, our Projects Coordinator, on recent progress with construction work at the Museum… Only 1 month into the construction, we are now the proud owners of a very large hole in the ground, as the construction team dig down and prepare to lay the foundations for two brand new galleries. They’ve…

The True Cost of Christmas

A guest post by Helen Middleton, founder of the Furniture Poverty Hub, on a seasonal installation on the Museum’s third floor as part of the Heritage Futures Studio programme. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year when friends and family get together, but with Manchester setting a target of being a zero carbon city…

Curating Climate

A post from Hannah, Learning Manager, about a recent trip to Oslo for a conference about museums and climate change. At the end of October I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful city of Oslo to attend and speak at an international workshop: ‘Curating Climate – museums as contact zones of climate research, education…

Women Missionaries in China: Part 3

The final post in this series by Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, and co-authored by Fang Zong, a member of the Museum’s Visitor Team, on some of the missionary links between Manchester and China that he has discovered as he searches for material and stories for the new Lee Kai Hung Gallery of Chinese…

An update on evening events

A guest post from Lowell, our Events Supervisor, who takes a moment to look back on a couple of our recent events, before sharing some of the evening events that will be taking place at the Museum for the remaining months of 2019. After a week in which the Museum hosted the launch of the…

Championing Age-Friendly Culture

A guest post from Emma Horridge, Age-Friendly Culture Champions Manager (Greater Manchester), on some recent conferences that she has attended to share the best practices developed through the Greater Manchester Culture Champions programme. In September and October, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a number of conferences to speak about the Greater Manchester…

Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Program 2019

A guest post from Nusrat Ahmed, our South Asia Gallery Community Producer, reflecting on some of the ideas, connections and skills that she gained through the Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Programme. On 2nd October I embarked on a 4 day leadership programme run by Common Purpose, a not-for-profit organisation that is devoted to developing leaders who…

Women Missionaries in China: Part 2

The second in a series of posts from Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, sharing some of the stories that he has uncovered around the missionary and educational links between Manchester and China, as he searches for material and stories for the new Lee Kai Hung Gallery of Chinese Culture, due to open in 2021….

Research Uncovered

A guest post from Alex Bennett who has been working with Anna Bunney, our Engagement Manager, on a 3-month long ‘Professional Internship Placement’ at the Museum. I’m currently working towards a PhD in biology and for the past 12 weeks I have been on a placement at Manchester Museum. This placement has been a great…

Unruly Subjects

A guest post from Emma Horridge, Age-Friendly Culture Champions Manager (Greater Manchester), reflecting on the Unruly Subjects: Ireland & India event, held back in August, as part of the programme associated with the Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege exhibition. Ever since I first heard that Manchester Museum would be exploring topics like partition and…

Women Missionaries in China: Part 1

The first of three guest posts by Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, who shares some of the missionary links between Manchester and China, that he has uncovered in his search for material and stories for the new Lee Kai Hung Gallery of Chinese Culture, due to open in 2021. Early in 2018 I was…

South Asia Gallery Design Camp

A guest post by Helen Schulte and colleagues from Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), our South Asia Gallery design team, on the South Asia Gallery Design Camp earlier in the summer. In August 2019, RAA attended the South Asia Gallery Design Camp hosted by the South Asia Gallery Collective and Manchester Museum staff. The Design Camp…

Museum of Sanctuary

A guest post from Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, who shares some exciting news about Manchester Museum’s new status as a Museum of Sanctuary. In July Manchester Museum attended the ‘Manchester City of Sanctuary Big Conversation’ at Stretford Public Hall where we were delighted to be awarded with Museum of Sanctuary status. This is…

Documenting History

Alongside the Museum’s ‘Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege‘ exhibition, we are holding a series of events. On 5 September the Museum will be hosting ‘Documenting History’, a book panel event, in partnership with Blackwell’s book shop. The event will bring together Vanessa Holburn, Bali Rai and Saurav Dutt; authors who have extensively researched and…

Shabtis in School

A guest post from Amy McDowall, Primary Learning Coordinator, on a fantastic new approach to developing connections between schools and collections. We know that many schools are deeply missing our hugely popular Ancient Worlds galleries, especially the workshops we ran for over 20,000 pupils every year. During our part-closure for hello future, we’re experimenting with…

Clocking On: A design challenge

A guest post from Michael Whitworth, Head of Commercial Operations, reflecting on his work with Newall Green High School to support a Design and Technology project. This project is part of the Museum’s on going partnership, led by Cat Lumb our Secondary and Post 16 Humanities Coordinator, to develop new ways of connecting with schools…

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…

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…