Polar Tombola

Alongside the Heritage Futures exhibition that is due to open on 14 December, we will be holding a series of events and programmes that will encourage visitors to think what should or can we keep for future generations and what we should let go, both personally and in terms of the Museum’s work. Last week,…

Re-writing the future

On 14 December we will be opening a new exhibition on our third floor; Heritage Futures explores the choices we make as individuals and organisations, about what to preserve – what is ‘important’? The exhibition builds on a 4-year long research project and will present international case studies alongside our own collections to prompt visitors…

All Staff Day

A guest post from Cat Lumb, Secondary and Post-16 Humanities Co-ordinator On Monday 1st October Manchester Museum closed its doors for only the second day of this year (previously only closed on New Years Day), for an All Staff Day; giving the whole museum a chance to briefly pause, take stock, and prepare for the…

Boost season 2

A guest post from Olivia Brett, Arts and Health Programme Assistant During this phase of capital redevelopment and exciting change, as we head towards hello future, we’ve developed a wellbeing programme based around the 6 ways to wellbeing; be active, keep learning, give, connect, take notice and care for the planet. Change can be scary…

The function of a mummy mask

Originally posted on Egypt at the Manchester Museum:
Acc. no. 7931. Early New Kingdom. A mummy mask provided protection – both physical and magical – to the head of the mummy. Masks were introduced in the First Intermediate Period (c. 2181-2955 BC) and were used until Roman times (30BC-395AD). They show the deceased in an…

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…

Masks and masking in ancient Egypt

Originally posted on Egypt at the Manchester Museum:
Acc. no. 123 The Manchester Museum holds two very important objects that provide evidence for the use of masks in ancient Egypt. The first is one of the very few surviving masks that appears to have been worn by the living, rather than placed on a mummy.…

Frogs in Ancient Egypt

Originally posted on Egypt at the Manchester Museum:
An Old Kingdom carnelian frog amulet from Qau el-Kabir. Acc. no. 7122. We recently had a visit from Joy Kremler, a Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Joy was visiting Manchester to discuss the process of redisplaying archaeological and Egyptological collections in advance of plans for…