It’s all in the name

A guest post from Alia Ullah, our Media and Marketing Officer We are renaming the Courtyard Project and we’re looking for a name that reflects the ambition and excitement of the project as well as our values as being inclusive, caring and imaginative.The Courtyard Project is not only about a new build, it is also…

Donations at the Baltic

A guest post from Andrea Winn, our Curator of Community Exhibitions Back in March a group from the Museum took a trip to Newcastle to meet with colleagues at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. The team were really generous with their time and told us all about their projects, audiences and the challenges of…

The evolving museum

  With the fantastic news that we have received a confirmed grant of £4,415,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are really excited to be exploring new ways of engaging with our visitors as we work towards our ambition to become the UK’s most imaginative, inclusive and caring museum. This guest post from Peter Fallon,…

Making a Difference

As we continue to plan our new South Asia Gallery, its really great to hear about the difference that our work can make, as Harriet Morgan Shami shares in a guest post below: On the evening of 1st May, the Memories of Partition team were invited to attend the University of Manchester’s prestigious Making A…

Out and About: Thinktank

To help us think differently about how we engage with schools both at the Museum and off site, we have been keen to look for inspiration and ideas from other venues. A few weeks ago, Jason Lau, who works across both the Visitor Team and the Learning and Engagement Team, visited Thinktank in Birmingham to…

‘Discover India’ Music Day

A guest post from Amy, our Primary Learning Coordinator One element of the Courtyard Project that we are particularly excited about is the creation of a performance space in the new South Asia gallery. Building on the rich tradition of performance and storytelling, this space will provide a platform for sharing and celebrating South Asia’s…

Delving into Manchester’s Islamic Collections

A guest blog from Amy McDowall, our Primary Learning Coordinator Manchester Museum’s new South Asia gallery will touch on the many religions and faiths of modern and historic South Asia: Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam to name a few. Many of the children living in communities local to the museum belong to one of these…

Final Farewell

A guest post from Nick Merriman, on his last day as Director of Manchester Museum “My only slight regret about leaving Manchester Museum after 12 years (to go to London to be CEO of the Horniman Museum & Gardens) is that I won’t be around to see through the completion of the Courtyard project. However,…

Engaging with architects

A guest blog post by Laura Sherliker from Purcell Architects. Back in February, Architects, Purcell led a public consultation event at Manchester Museum with the support of the Museums Learning and Engagement team.  The event saw 250 visitors of all ages, along with key stakeholders have the opportunity to engage with the architect’s development plans…

NHS at 70: Stories of Our Lives

A guest post from Wendy, Arts and Health Partnership Manager at the Museum and Whitworth. There has been a growing understanding that people’s health and wellbeing is influenced by a range of interconnecting factors, and the role the arts can play in health has been increasingly recognized over recent years. By supplementing medicine and care,…

Thinking about the future of museums

A guest blog from Amy McDowall, our Primary Learning Coordinator As part of our thinking and researching around the plans for the redevelopment work we hope to begin later this year, we’ve been looking at how museums around the world work with their school visitors. We’ve found some fantastic international practice, but often the best…

Thoughts on museum-tech

In search of inspiration and ideas that could inform our work back in Manchester, and in an effort to widen my horizons and think differently about museum practice, I decided to spend a day of my recent trip to Helsinki visiting some of the city’s museums. While I had just one day to do this,…

Conversations around Contemporary Collecting

A guest post from Irit, Cat and Harriet on contemporary collecting Throughout the content planning and development process for our new South Asia Gallery, a small group of us (from across the collections, conservation, learning and engagement teams) have been doing some background research into contemporary collecting as a means of gathering objects and stories…

Heart to heart with Sunday Assembly

A guest post from Shanna Lennon about Sunday Assemblies at the museum. At the heart of the Courtyard Development is our vision of a Museum for Life. This vision sees the museum as an engine for civic engagement: promoting joy, curiosity, personal wellbeing and social change. We are not alone in our ambition, and are…