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Day 10: Memories of Christmas Past Today Lindsey takes a festive look at the museum’s botany archives.#AdventCalendar #M...
10/12/2019
Memories of Christmas Past

Day 10: Memories of Christmas Past

Today Lindsey takes a festive look at the museum’s botany archives.

#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips #Herbarium

Vintage Newspapers: Manchester Museum’s Herbarium is not only an archive of trees and plants… Christmas Treasures in the Herbarium Many of the plant specimens stored in the herbarium in…

‪Day 9: An Elephant Themed ChristmasUnder today’s door on the calendar, inspired by when Maharaja visited Piccadilly sta...
09/12/2019
An Elephant Themed Christmas

‪Day 9: An Elephant Themed Christmas

Under today’s door on the calendar, inspired by when Maharaja visited Piccadilly station earlier this year, Rachel shows us some of the elephant themes decorations and gifts currently available in the museum shop.

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬ #MuseumShop‬

Elephant themed gifts in the Museum shop. An glass bauble shaped like an elephant and a beautifully illustrated edition of the Jungle Book. Maharajah – A Moving Story This year saw the Manche…

‪Day 8: Christmas Hats - which birds wear them best?‬Whether it’s a Father Christmas-style red cap, or a crown from a Ch...
08/12/2019
Christmas Hats – Which birds wear them best?

‪Day 8: Christmas Hats - which birds wear them best?‬

Whether it’s a Father Christmas-style red cap, or a crown from a Christmas cracker, seemingly nobody’s head goes unadorned at Christmas. But there are plenty of bird species that have a natural, colourful ‘hat’ – made of their own plumage.

Today, Bryony, a true museum professional will rate some of those examples straight from the museum floor, so you don’t have to…

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬

Some of the candidates for best (and worst) Christmas hat on Nature’s Library, Manchester Museum. Christmas hats – who wears them best? Whether it’s a Father Christmas-style red c…

‪Day 7: An Ethical Christmas Tree? ‬‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #Christm...
07/12/2019
An Ethical Christmas Tree?

‪Day 7: An Ethical Christmas Tree? ‬

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips ‬

One of Manchester Museum’s Christmas trees for 2019. Decorated by Project Inc. An Ethical Christmas Tree? Yes, it’s true that human action is destroying the planet at a rapid rate, but …

Day 6: Decorating the TreeUnder today's door of the museum advent calendar, Project Inc. put a contemporary twist on tra...
06/12/2019
Decorating the Tree

Day 6: Decorating the Tree
Under today's door of the museum advent calendar, Project Inc. put a contemporary twist on traditional Christmas decorations...
#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips

Christmas decorations made by Project Inc., who are currently providing inclusive, creative learning for 11-19 year olds at Manchester Museum.   Traditional decorations… Christmas! It’s…

Day 5: Beware the KrampusIt’s Day 5 of Manchester Museum’s Advent Calendar, and today we find out that maybe it’s not th...
05/12/2019
Beware the Krampus

Day 5: Beware the Krampus

It’s Day 5 of Manchester Museum’s Advent Calendar, and today we find out that maybe it’s not the elf on the shelf you should be worries about this year, but the Krampus on campus!

Alpine Ibex, a wild goat vulnerable to changes in climate. Living Worlds gallery, Manchester Museum. Beware the Krampus Christmas is coming and if you’re not on Santa’s ‘good’ list then you’re in …

‪Day 4: Waes Hael!‬‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬
04/12/2019
Waes Hael!

‪Day 4: Waes Hael!‬
‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬

Specimen of domestic apple, collected by Charles Bailey in 1917, from Manchester Museum’s Herbarium Collection. A Christmas Toast Who doesn’t like to have a toast at Christmas? The Angl…

Day 3 - Flying home for Christmas#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTi...
03/12/2019
Flying Home for Christmas

Day 3 - Flying home for Christmas
#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips

Arctic tern on display in Nature’s Library, Manchester Museum. Around the world in … 365 days! Not many days left until Father Christmas travels around the world, delivering his presents to e…

Day 2 - Venture Arts for Christmas#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasT...
02/12/2019
#MMChristmas2019

Day 2 - Venture Arts for Christmas
#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips

Pop down to Manchester Art Gallery today10am-4pm,  for some festive shopping and celebrate shops that help cultural attr...
01/12/2019

Pop down to Manchester Art Gallery today10am-4pm, for some festive shopping and celebrate shops that help cultural attractions to thrive.
#museumshopsunday

We will be opening the doors on our Museum Advent Calendar every day... Explore some festive connections with our collec...
01/12/2019
#MMChristmas2019

We will be opening the doors on our Museum Advent Calendar every day... Explore some festive connections with our collections, together with some top tips for a more sustainable Christmas!

Day 1: An Evergreen AdventWhen I was young, throughout the year, whenever we visited woods and forests, we used to colle...
01/12/2019

Day 1: An Evergreen Advent

When I was young, throughout the year, whenever we visited woods and forests, we used to collect cones - pine, fir, larch, even monkey puzzle! At Christmas, my dad used to paint the tips white, like snow, and attach wire to them so we could hang them on the Christmas tree…

During the festive season, cones are everywhere… In fact, evergreens have been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years – the Romans used fir trees to decorate their temples for Saturnalia, pagans used branches to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, a reminder of the spring to come, while Christians have used evergreens to signify continuous life.

In Christian tradition, Advent refers specifically to the four Sundays and weeks before Christmas, so Advent only starts on the 1st December when Christmas Day is on a Wednesday - which happens this year!

Drawing on nature’s evergreens, there is a Christian tradition of making an Advent Crown or wreath, and the symbolism is beautiful. Any pinecones used as decoration symbolise life and resurrection.

Cones have been around for more than millions of years. They were even a favourite food of dinosaurs. And cones have been used symbolically in many different cultures. In ancient Assyria,
winged genii were often depicted on reliefs holding a bucket and a cone, it is thought that these are depictions of rituals of either purification of fertilisation.

So, as a motif, cones have been used by many people across time and space… but for me, they will always contain a little bit of Christmas.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas,
Michelle x

Sustainable Christmas Tip #1: Avoid shop-bought plastic wreaths and make your own from foraged natural materials, bringing the outside in! There are plenty of easy online tutorials out there and you can choose the colours and textures that work for your home. And for more tips and tricks, the National Trust run whole range of Christmas Craft Workshops, including wreath making - where you can also enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie!

24/10/2019
Don't Let Me Go

Rhinos once roamed throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, and were known to early Europeans who depicted them in cave paintings. Within historical times, they were still widespread across Africa's savannas and Asia's tropical forests.

Join us tonight 6 – 9pm as we host a night dedicated to the conservation of endangered species of Rhinos

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dont-let-me-go-tickets-76782946861

02/10/2019

Join us at 12.15 today and find out more about some of the world’s most beautiful seashells...

27/09/2019

What's on tongiht! The Museum is open tonight Friday 27 September until 9pm for Research Uncovered
European Researchers’ Night

A huge thanks to all the researchers who are participating
.
Lightning Talks

• 18.00 Refugee-friendly service vs service capable refugee?
• 18.05 Regeneration in the post-industrial city
• 18.10 The rise of molecular machines!
Break
• 18.30 Parent-Child relationships in UK-Chinese families
• 18.35 How can a computer help us achieve our city vision?
• 18.40 Macular degeneration: Fighting age related blindness
• 18.45 The surprising ways evolution has shaped men’s bodies for fighting
Break
• 19.00 Understanding species from their faeces
• 19.05 Carbon budgets for Manchester
• 19.10 Oldest station in the world: urban memory and the science and industry museum
• 19.15 Creating age friendly communities in greater Manchester
Break
• 19.40 Negative unconscious bias towards gay men and its influence on accessing work
• 19.45 The impact of green spaces on health and well-being
• 19.50 The Gut, worms and mucus
• 19.55 Working with nature to reduce flood risk

Story Telling

• 18.15 Adventures in the archives
• 18.30 Synchronise brains now! (… with the rotation of the earth)
• 18.45 How well do we know our Children
• 19.00 Black Lives in the white city: Expat Eritreans in Tel Aviv
• 19.15 Using stories to transform children’s healthcare
• 19.45 Saving species with their faeces
• 20.00 Do some cage fighters have an evolutionary advantage?

Research Stations

• Meteorite Hunt!
• The Engineering of Sport
• Pain & the Brain
• The Kidney
• Health and Psychology in Manchester
• Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health
• Unconscious bias and labour market discrimination
• A Carbon Budget for Manchester – City – level responses to climate change
• Manchester’s Mice
• The Manchester Urban Observatory
• Seascapes and their submerged hidden backdrops
• Molecular Machines and nanoscale Knots
• Buddleia; an infomercial from 2050
• Research that saves lives
• Bio-inspired Functional materials
• You and Your Bacteria
• What does dementia mean to you
• Your amazing immune system
• Bringing 2D materials to the shelves
• The gut, mucus barrier and the parasites that live there
• Graphene 2D materials: From Manchester to the World
• Digital Futures

25/09/2019
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We’re very excited to be hosting a variety of researchers from around Manchester this Friday for Research Uncovered. Experts in science, public health, technology, sociology, anthropology and more will be presenting their most interesting findings through a variety of activities. Come to the museum for an evening of fun demonstrations, talks, art and cocktails!
Our theme for the event is ‘Research in the city’, so we’ll showcase many exciting projects investigating different aspects of Manchester, as well as a huge range of other topics- from meteorites to molecules!
Book your free ticket for Research Uncovered Friday 27 September 5-9pm [email protected]

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Come and join us on September 20th for a FREE evening of music event and activities in aid of a charity, put together by...
13/09/2019

Come and join us on September 20th for a FREE evening of music event and activities in aid of a charity, put together by a group of local students working with the Museum. Bands confirmed are the following

Hurray for Tuesday
Kastella
Gvani
Manifesto

Doors open at 6PM with first performance starting at 7PM

September 6th is National Read a Book Day and we want to recognise our wide selection of children’s books available in t...
06/09/2019

September 6th is National Read a Book Day and we want to recognise our wide selection of children’s books available in the Museum Shop, which can be enjoyed by children and adults #mcrmuseumshop #hellofuture #nationalreadabookday #anazinghabitats

Manchester Museum is carrying out a joint event with The Whitworth with regards to the Partition of India. The commemora...
27/07/2019

Manchester Museum is carrying out a joint event with The Whitworth with regards to the Partition of India.

The commemoration will be held at The Whitworth on;

Saturday 17 August, 11am – 4.30pm
in
Grand Hall The Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Road, Manchester,
Greater Manchester, M15 6ER

*Call for Artists to explore Partition*

We are looking for two artists who will be paid a fee to facilitate a family-friendly creative workshop exploring:

Either

The history of the Partition of India should be integral to the UK school curriculum.

Or

The reason we need a South Asian Heritage Month in the UK.

Please send us a short proposal via the Google link below by 30 July, after which we will be in touch if your workshop proposal is successful.

https://forms.gle/V1JdinnxCrDNcWCP8

Call for Artists to explore Partition of India
Call for Artists to facilitate Partition of India workshop. Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery are planning a partnership event on Saturday 17th August 2019 to commemorate the history of the Partition of India. This will take place in the Grand Hall at Whitworth Art Gallery. We are looking for two artists who'll be paid a fee to facilitate a family-friendly, reflective and creative workshop exploring: Either, the reasons why history of the Partition of India should be integral to the UK school curriculum. Or, the reasons why we need a South Asian Heritage Month in the UK. Please send us a short proposal for one of the above workshops by 28 July. We'll be in touch with you after the closing date if your workshop proposal is successful.
We respect your data and your information will not be shared with a third party organisation. If you have any queries, please contact Baz Rashid on [email protected] or Sadia Habib on [email protected]. Thank you very much for your time.
forms.gle

*Bazaar opportunities*

The event will consist of talks, workshops, film and performance. Alongside this we hope to create a small bazaar where people are able to purchase items. The bazaar will be open from 11am to 3pm (set up 10am – 11am and clear down 3pm – 3.30pm) and cost of each table stall will be £10 per table.

There are a number of events happening at the Whitworth on that day so there will be a flow of the general public attending giving you potential trade for that day. We have kept the cost low and hope that you take up the offer as this will be a good opportunity for you to showcase your materials and promote your business. If you are interested in taking up a stall please email [email protected]

Please share and get in touch if you know of anyone else who will be interested in taking part in this event as a stall holder.

27/07/2019
The Moon is a still, silent place...Here in the museum shop we are celebrating glittering galaxies and marvellous moons ...
20/07/2019

The Moon is a still, silent place...

Here in the museum shop we are celebrating glittering galaxies and marvellous moons to unlock the secrets of space. From books to DIY solar system models, we stock an array of educational gifts for aspiring astronauts or for more home-based exploration 💫

All proceeds from the shop help support the museum for future generations #50yearsmoonlanding

We are absolutely chuffed to bits to be nominated for our use of our 3rd floor for a Spirt of Manchester Community Space...
16/07/2019

We are absolutely chuffed to bits to be nominated for our use of our 3rd floor for a Spirt of Manchester Community Space award!

There's no higher accolade for us as we work to be more inclusive, caring and imaginative

Visit this link http://bit.ly/SoM19CS to vote for us to win the Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2019

#SpiritofMcr19

Amazing discovery by our Curator of Herpetology Andrew Gray.Watch the fantastic video from Katie Garrett featured in #na...
16/07/2019
He spent his career studying a frog. Then he discovered its true identity.

Amazing discovery by our Curator of Herpetology Andrew Gray.

Watch the fantastic video from Katie Garrett featured in #nationalgeographic shortfilm showcase to find out more

Sylvia’s leaf frog had been mislabeled for over 90 years—until Andrew Gray figured out it was a species all its own.

There’s still time to book your place for the What Sparks Joy? informal evening at Manchester Museum on Thursday 18 July...
15/07/2019

There’s still time to book your place for the What Sparks Joy? informal evening at Manchester Museum on Thursday 18 July at 7pm – mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com

Striving for a more sustainable, green and minimalistic lifestyle is an aim for many people in today’s culture. But how does this balance with the increasing need to conserve our species, artefacts and resources for the future?

Irit Narkiss, Conservator of objects and access at @McrMuseum, will talk about decluttering from a museum conservator's perspective, and explore the importance of finding joy (and sorrow) in museum collections.

Our second speaker is Kasia Majewski, curatorial assistant at the @McrMuseum vivarium. Specialising in ecology and the conservation of frogs, Kasia will discuss who decides which frog species to conserve and why? And how many frogs are enough?"

The frog is a Boana picturata tree frog that can be found in Columbia and Ecuador. It is in danger of extinction but individuals of this species can be found in the @McrMuseum vivarium. What makes this frog a conservation priority for the museum? Are there any challenges for museums to conserve live species on site? Come along on 18 July 7pm to have these questions answered. #MMSparksJoy"

There will be a workshop inspired by the beauty of the Museum collections and an opportunity to view the ##MMHeritageFutures gallery which explores what we might need to hold on to and let go of to achieve a sustainable future.

The Indus Valley Civilisation - one of the earliest in the world - produced remarkable items of art and craft. Share Sai...
09/07/2019
School of Integration – Manchester International Festival

The Indus Valley Civilisation - one of the earliest in the world - produced remarkable items of art and craft. Share Saira’s knowledge and passion about art from South Asia, from historical figures to contemporary masters. Today Manchester Art Gallery 2.30pm #SchoolofIntegration #MIF19

https://mif.co.uk/whats-on/school-of-integration/

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, UK – the next edition will take place 4 – 21 July 2019 at venues all over the city.

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