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 University. I applied to the fund so that we could talk to colleagues about how they work with communities and collections to develop programmes and exhibitions that push the boundaries of how museums have impact and change lives.


We are all involved in projects to deliver hello future and transform how we work and the impact we have on people’s lives. So it was a great opportunity to see interesting projects and meet inspirational people. The focus was learning lessons we could bring back to Manchester and build new partnerships.

Fire truck damaged during the 9/11 attack

We first had a couple of days in New York where we visited the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and spoke to colleagues who have set up the inspirational 9/11 Memorial & Museum amongst other places.

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Dance interactive at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

We then caught the train to Washington where we focused on the Smithsonian Museums. Among the highlights for me were the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the food-focused programme at the National Museum of American History.

More to come in future blog posts…


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