After hours: new spring programme

Towards the end of last year, we embarked on a new ‘After hours’ programme at the Museum. The varied programme explored some new ways of working, both through one-off collaborations and by developing new and long term partnerships. Building on this experience, the team has developed a set of aims to guide the development of…

A call to action

Heritage Futures is the new exhibition at Manchester Museum that asks how we can shape the future and explores four key themes: Uncertainty Transformation Profusion Diversity Alongside the Heritage Futures exhibition, the Museum has created a dedicated space, the Heritage Futures Studio, where we will explore new ways of working with people to help shape…

New year, new job?

hello future is our vision for the Museum to become the UK’s most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum, committed to building understanding between cultures and a sustainable world. We are pleased to announce two new opportunities to work with us at the Museum as we embark on this exciting new journey. If you would like…

Socially Engaged Process-Based Creative Practice

A guest blog from Kate Eggleston-Wirtz, Multi-disciplinary Artist, on her arts and health work with the Museum and beyond, and its therapeutic benefits for people living with dementia. I am a multi-disciplinary artist originally from the United States who has lived in England for over twenty years. I trained as an illustrator, which gave me…

Inspiration from across the pond: part 2

A guest post from Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, who shares her reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, part of the Museum’s trip to New York and Washington that was funded through the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development programme. We started our adventures in New York where we had the…

Gdansk trip part 3: The Solidarity Academy

This third blog about my recent trip to Gdansk focuses on the European Solidarity Centre’s Solidarity Academy programme, which I was able to visit thanks to funding provided by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development scheme.  The European Solidarity Centre’s Solidarity Academy is, as far as I can tell, absolutely unique in…

Our South Asia Gallery Journey

A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the development of the Museum’s South Asia Gallery. Since spring our South Asia Gallery has undergone somewhat of a radical transformation, shifting from a gallery primarily focused on chronology and collections to one embedding co-curation and lived experience. So how did…

A Visit to China

A guest post from Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, about his recent trip to China. It is almost a year since Dr Lee Kai Hung’s generous gift to the University of Manchester with the intention of creating a new China Gallery at Manchester Museum. Having been asked to be lead curator on the project,…

Gdansk trip part 2: Exhibiting Solidarity

This blog is the second in a series of four posts about my recent trip to Gdansk where I spent some time at the European Solidarity Centre, thanks to funding provided by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development scheme. As described in my previous post, the European Solidarity Centre (ECS) is more…

Gdansk trip part 1: Re-imagining the Civic Museum

This blog is the first in a series of four posts about my recent trip to Gdansk where I spent some time at the European Solidarity Centre, thanks to funding provided by the University of Manchester’s Investing in Success staff development scheme.  As Learning Manager, my role has focused on the ‘formal’ programmes and resources…

Manchester Museum’s Human Bower

As mentioned in a previous post, we will be opening our Heritage Futures exhibition in December. In addition to the Polar Tombola activity, the Museum will be running a programme around our new Human Bower installation. In this guest post, Shelly Castle of Encounters Arts, describes how the idea for the Human Bower came about,…

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…