After hours at the Museum

Guest post from Lowell Walbank and Emma Horridge

Last week we bid a (temporary) farewell to our beloved Egyptology gallery with “It’s A Wrap”, a spectacular feast of music, film, performance and interactive workshops. Our director Esme Ward and Campbell Price (curator of Egypt & Sudan) spoke passionately about the future of the Museum and the power of our collections to transform peoples lives, whilst the galleries hummed with activity.

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It’s a wrap: the Fossils Gallery in a whole new light

It was a beautiful way to celebrate our amazing Egyptian collections, and to usher in a new phase in the Museums History. It also launched our new programme of weekly late openings or “After Hours” events in the Museum.

For the past 3 months the events team at the Museum have been working hard to bring you a diverse and exciting programme of events, meaning that you can enjoy the Museum as a social space every Thursday night. We have films, talks, comedy, music and so much more, but we kick things off next Thursday with our “Women In Nature” event.

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The Women in Nature and MCR Live Takeover event will give you an a whole new experience of the museum. There will be an after hours tour of our Vivarium, Living Worlds & Nature’s Library galleries, and a chance to hear from some amazing women working in nature. To accompany this we will have the first of our monthly musical takeovers led by MCR live, providing a full female DJ line up, plus creative workshops and more.

Women in Nature: Your guides for the evening will be a collective of fascinating women who will share their unique insights in nature.

  • Welsh artist and Phd researcher Kathryn Ashill. Ashill describes herself as an ‘art witch’; suggesting embodied knowledges, the complex relationship the world has to women and power and her ability to make the everyday mythical and magical.
  • Kasia Majewski – Kasia is a Canadian ecologist working as the Curatorial Assistant at the Manchester Museum Vivarium and assists with the world renowned collection of rare and endangered Central American frogs.
  • Poet, Nancy Campbell has had a series of residencies with Arctic research institutions between 2010 and 2017 has resulted in many projects responding to cultural and climate change in the polar regions and water conservation.
  • You will also hear from our very own Botanist, Rachel Webster who will take you on a journey, exploring our rich and varied botany collection.

The tour begins at 6:30pm and will last approximately 45min – 1 hour, be sure to arrive early as places are limited.

We also have a full programme of after hours events scheduled for the rest of 2018, with some of the highlights below – unless otherwise stated, these events are free:

Jurassic Party
25 October 6-10pm
(Booking required – £10 or £6 concessions available for students and ages 60+)
As part of Manchester Science Festival we will be screening Steven Spielberg’s dino-classic. Come and enjoy Jurassic Park alongside Stan, Manchester Museum’s T-Rex.

MCR Live Takeover
01 November 6-10pm
MCR Live continues its monthly Manchester Museum takeover with its varied and marvellous combination of music, culture and radio.

The Roots Programme
08 November 6-9pm
Our roots are powerful. They define us, nurture us and keep us grounded. Join us for an evening of discussion and debate led by Ruth Ibegbuna, Ashoka Fellow, Clore Social Fellow and founding CEO of RECLAIM.

With One Voice
15 November 6-9pm
An open mic night and international showcase of performances from poetry to dance – part of the With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival 2018.

Being Human in an Animal World
22 November 6-9pm
As part of the Being Human festival we will be hosting an evening of short talks by PhD students and discussing their research.

Exploring Taxidermy
22 November 6-9pm
Explore the world of taxidermy and have a modern conversation about a very old practice.

Joking Aside
29 November 6-10pm
(Booking required – £10 or £6 concessions available for students and ages 60+)
Following on from our #FunnyStuff campaign with the Comedy Store, discover the fascinating world of taxidermy from a different angle. Expect a stand up evening exploring the weird and wonderful side of taxidermy gone wrong! You can even have a go yourself.

Winter Market & MCR Live Takeover
06 December 6-10pm
An evening of festive cheer awaits you. Come and find unique seasonal gifts for your friends and family at our Winter Market.

Further information on upcoming Thursday Afterhours will be released soon so watch this space.


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