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…

Out and About: Derby Museums

A blog post from Hannah with the help of Rachel Webster, Campbell Price, Irit Narkiss and Emma Horridge At the end of January, a group of staff from across the Museum visited Derby to find out more about how Derby Museums have been working to put people and communities at the heart of their museum….

Farewell (for now)…

I’ve been really lucky to be working on the Courtyard Project at Manchester Museum for a good couple of years now and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of being involved in design development with our wonderful Design Team, as well as leading on the Activity Plan within the Museum. It’s now time for me…

Vibration Testing at the Museum

A guest post from Sam, our Collections Care Manager and Senior Conservator: In preparation for potential building works in the Courtyard and around the Museum, we have been thinking about vibration and how we can limit the impact of it on our displays, building and collection. Vibration experts from Bickerdike Allen partners have done a…

Intergenerational learning – oral history and the impact of Partition

A guest post on the development of our schools learning programme from Amy, Primary Learning Coordinator at Manchester Museum The Memories of Partition exhibition has presented a fantastic opportunity for us to trial some of the new ways of working with school groups we’re developing for the Courtyard Project. We wanted to find out whether…

Journeys Festival International Takeover

A guest post from Andrea about Journeys Festival,  an event which has helped us to understand more about performance in the Museum – informing the development of the new Performance and Gathering Space in our planned South Asia Gallery. Journeys Festival International celebrates the creative talent of refugee and asylum seeker artists. Building on the…

Memories of Partition

Here’s a guest post from Andrea on our current Memories of Partition exhibition at Manchester Museum. This is one of our recent exhibition developments that will help inform our work towards our new British Museum partnership South Asia Gallery,  part of the Courtyard Project. Memories of Partition The Museums ‘Memories of Partition’ Exhibition opened in…

Museum for Life – Night at the Museum

A guest post from Naomi, our Student Engagement Coordinator, on her consultation with International Students on our developing Museum for Life concept. On Tuesday 19 September, we welcomed over 300 new University of Manchester international postgraduate students to Manchester Museum for Night at the Museum, part of the University of Manchester’s Welcome Week Postgraduate Festival….

Update – Activity Plans, Business Plans and lots of data….

Over the past few months, we’ve been a hive of Courtyard Project activity. Most of our efforts have been focused on starting to consolidate the draft documentation and plans that we need for our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 2 submission – this has included progressing work on our building designs, Activity Plan, Business Plan…