Green Bees!

This guest post from Ellie Chambers, Secondary and Post-16 Coordinator: Science, describes a city-wide climate change programme that sets out to inspire and support education settings across Manchester to bring about change. In what follows Ellie shares some of the different thoughts and responses from students, as they spent time imagining the future they want…

Kids in Museums Takeover Day: Wellbeing and Care

This blog celebrates the ninth annual Kids in Museums Digital Takeover day, this year exploring the role heritage spaces can play in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Working on the Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) project both as a collective member and a Cultural Learning and Participation Officer (CLPO) Apprentice, Hawwa Alam shares…

Carbon Ruins Manchester

In a Museum for the Future, what object would you include to show how society has changed to reach zero carbon? What is the story behind that object? When Manchester Museum reopens in 2023 we will create this exhibition, showing what a future museum would display. We are calling for every school in Manchester to…

Grey on Green part 1: older people shaping a sustainable future

This guest post from María José Ramos Acevedo, Visitor Team Assistant and Culture Champions Volunteer Assistant, introduces the fantastic project, Grey on Green: older people shaping a sustainable future. In this post, the first in a series of blogs about the project, María José focuses on the initial workshop during which key topics emerged, based…

A time to say thanks!

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration (1-7 June) for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. https://volunteersweek.org/ Despite being a much smaller team while the museum remains closed, our volunteers still managed to contribute over 2,500 hours to the museum this year; variously supporting the vivarium, conservation and shop teams. In…

Volunteer Tour: some thoughts from Sarah

Last week Kate Glynn, our Volunteer Coordinator, arranged a tour of the new museum spaces for our volunteers. Led by our Director, Esme Ward, this was a chance to hear how the new spaces and facilities will work alongside the existing galleries, and an opportunity to catch up and ask questions about the hello future…

Creativity and Wellbeing

To celebrate Creativity and Wellbeing Week (16 to 22 May) and as part of a series of blogs about To Have and To Heal, we are delighted to share this guest post from Julia Thorne. In this blog, Julia reflects on her involvement in the To Have and To Heal project as a photographer and…

Reconnecting with Collections

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week this guest post from Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan, offers some personal reflections of getting the collections ready for the ‘To Have and To Heal’ project. To Have and To Heal is a unique arts and wellbeing programme, supporting Covid recovery and resilience using Manchester Museum’s world…

Hatch Placements

Throughout March and April Manchester Museum has been hosting our first two Hatch placements, Jessica Atkinson and Matthew Hanvey. Hatch is a partnership between UK Youth and KFC, delivering a skills-building and work readiness programme for local 16 to 25 year olds. Manchester Museum will be supporting up to 8 young people in total over…

Collector Badge

As part of a series of posts about Manchester Museum’s work to support Scout Groups and Guide Units, Mattie Davies (they/them), our Inflatable Museum Support Assistant, shares some updates on a new session for Scout Groups exploring collections and collecting. One of my favourite recurring badges as a Cub Scout in the early 00s was…

Chengyu

To mark Chinese Language Day this blog from Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections and Dr Fang Zong, Research Assistant for the Chinese Culture Gallery, shines a spotlight on some of the Chengyu from Manchester Museum’s collection. The museum has a wonderful little group of chengyu deposited in the 1950s by Prof William Hare Newell (1922-2013),…

Introducing our new Environmental Action Manager

You may recall a post back in November about the new Environmental Action Manager role at Manchester Museum. The role is partly funded by the Roots and Branches project; a unique collaboration between The Carbon Literacy Project, Museum Development North West and Manchester Museum, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts…