Wild Ramblings 1

This ‘Wild Rambling’ from Hannah-Lee Chalk (Learning Manager) is the first in a series of posts from the Wild Team, sharing personal reflections about the process of developing the forthcoming Wild exhibition at Manchester Museum. Early last March, a group of colleagues met to start planning an exhibition about rewilding. Since then myself, David Gelsthorpe…

Santa Fe, Panama to M139PL

This guest post from Andrew Gray, our Curator of Herpetology, offers an update on the new display being constructed in the Vivarium. Andrew also shares the news he recently received from colleagues in Panama that reinforces the importance of the conservation work that goes on behind the scenes. People know how much I care about…

Introducing Wild!

Manchester Museum’s new Exhibition Hall will be opening next year, but how do we use this huge space to build understanding between cultures and a sustainable world? And how do we do this in a way that is relevant, inspiring and interesting for our visitors? This guest post from Manchester Museum’s Wild Team (see below!)…

BioDiscovery – British Science Week

It’s British Science Week, the British Science Association’s annual ten-day celebration of all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths): “British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities” https://www.britishscienceweek.org/about-us/ For the third year in a…

Wu Zetian, part 2: Her-story

“International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment but also to critically reflect on those accomplishments and strive for a greater momentum towards gender equality worldwide. It is a day to recognize the extraordinary acts of women and to stand together, as a united force,…

Wu Zetian, China’s One and Only Female Emperor

This post is the first part of a blog about Wu Zetian, China’s one and only female emperor; part two will follow on 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day. Historically, great female leaders have been relatively rare: Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Catherine the Great may be familiar names but since the inheritance of…

Manchester Museum Announces Reopening Date

We’re in the final phase of our extraordinary transformation project, called hello future, and we have announced today that we will open our doors to the public in February 2023. We had hoped to open at the end of 2022, however the pandemic has led to a short delay. The making of a new museum…

Dab Hands: That’ll need stitching

This guest post comes from Lucy Burscough, award-winning Artist and Arts for Health practitioner who, thanks to support from Arts Council England, is Manchester Museum’s Artist in Residence. Lucy is best known for her ‘portraiture for health’ projects, having won awards from the Royal Society for Public Health and the Manchester Culture Awards, and having…

A never ending circle

If you ever find yourself in the basement of Manchester Museum you may at some point come across a sign. The sign is in fact an old text panel from an exhibition, but if you look closely you may see that it has been annotated. The sign is located outside of the Museum’s Workshop where…

Kernels of Wisdom

In this guest post Jennie Aspinall, our new Learning Programme Assistant, describes the Indigenous Gardening workshops that were delivered for local Year 5 pupils at the end of last year. While museum collections are a central feature of our school outreach programmes, what made this project unique was the involvement of our Curator of Indigenous…

Peace Apples on Silent Night

In the final blog of 2021, Fang Zong, Chinese Culture Gallery Project Assistant, shares her insights about the increasingly popular Chinese tradition of giving apples on Christmas Eve. An earlier version of this post originally featured in the Museum’s 2020 Advent Calendar. Manchester Museum’s collections include plenty of apples. As well as the Botany collection…

Stan’s Secret Santa

Last week Manchester Museum temporarily opened its doors, for one day only, for ‘Stan’s Secret Santa’. Led by Karen Brackenridge, our Cultural Health and Wellbeing Assistant, along with numerous colleagues and partners, the day was a chance to gather gifts and donations for distribution by our various Greater Manchester homelessness and poverty support organisation partners….