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Jul-Dec 2011

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The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL tel 0161 275 2648 email @McrMuseum


Free entry The Museum Allotment Until Nov 2011 The allotment has been inspired by our new Living Worlds gallery. Get your hands dirty and help us grow food.   Stonehenge: henge diggers Until 17 Jul 2011 Photos by Bill Bevan capture the feelings of archaeologists as they dig. We are extInked 9 Jul-13 Nov 2011 An exhibition with artist group Ultimate Holding Company of 100 tattoos on an army of ambassadors for threatened and rare wildlife.   Unearthed: Ancient Egypt 30 Sep 2011-6 Sep 2012 Journey back to the 1920s to our Egyptologist’s store room for some archaeological training. Can you help our Egyptologist (played on film by Horrible Histories’ Terry Deary) investigate his finds?   Grave secrets: tales of the ancient Nubians 22 Oct 2011-22 Jan 2012 An exhibition of bone specimens and artefacts revealing the lives of the inhabitants of ancient Nubia, Egypt’s southern neighbour.  

Families or adults, as a group or on your ow nthere’s something fo r everyone. We’d love to see you soon at one of our exhibitions or ev ents.

New galleries

w open Living Worlds No If you think nature is something far away, think again - we are nature. Living Worlds explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.   Ancient Egypt & Archaeology Closed from 4 Jul 2011 This is so we can create our new Ancient Worlds galleries: Discovering Archaeology, Egyptian World and Exploring Objects. These will open in late 2012, 100 years after the Museum’s first Egypt gallery opened. In the meantime, you can see some of our Egyptology collection on display in our Unearthed: Ancient Egypt exhibition, 30 Sep 20116 Sep 2012.  

Magic Carpet Big Wide Mouthed Frog, Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin are some of the characters you’ll meet at our Magic carpet storytelling and activity sessions. Book on 0161 275 2648 a week before Cost: £1 per child Age: Under 5s and their families/carers

Fri 29 Jul / 11am-12pm Frogs   Fri 26 Aug / 11am-12pm Fruit and veg   Fri 30 Sep / 11am-12pm Wildlife   Fri 28 Oct / 11am-12pm Ancient Egypt   Fri 25 Nov / 11am-12pm Chocolate   Fri 30 Dec / 11am-12pm Polar animals  


Festival of British Archaeology Thurs 14 Jul / 12.30-1.30pm Shooting the time detectives Bill Bevan will talk you through his photos from our Stonehenge: henge diggers exhibition, as well as photos not on display. Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults and older children

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jul / 11am-4pm Discovering prehistoric tools Guided tours by experts from the Museum and Tameside Archaeological Society. Drop-in, free, adults and older children

Not Part Of Festival

Sat 16 Jul / 1-2pm Alternative life drawing class with Dr Sketchy Featuring two models - Bambi La Beau as the Egyptian princess and Archie Greaves as the Roman centurion. Expect drawing games, sketching challenges and plenty of silliness. Drop-in, free, all ages and abilities

The Manchester Weekender Sat 15-Sun 16 Oct The Museum will be taking part in The Manchester Weekender, which wraps up the best of the city’s art, culture and festivals.

Manchester Literature Festival Sat 22 Oct / 1-2.30pm The Devil’s Garden Edward Docx (author of The Devil’s Garden) and Johan Oldekop (a University of Manchester scientist) discuss theories of evolution, religion and anthropological research in the Amazon. Book on 0843 208 0500 or, £5/£3 concessions, adults

Big Saturdays

School holidays

Touching a 200 million year old fossil and objects from ancient cultures; stroking a fox; meeting scientists working on the latest research; making your own treasures; performances and films; having objects brought to life through storytelling and tours. These are some of the things you can experience at our monthly Big Sats.

Similar to Big Saturdays, but the activities go on all week.

Booking: Most activities are drop-in, some may need to be booked on the day Cost: Most activities are free, some may cost up to £1.50 Age: All ages - from under 5s to adults

Sat 9 Jul / 11am-4pm Froglife   Sat 6 Aug / 11am-4pm Summer on the allotment   Sat 24 Sep / 11am-4pm ExtInked   Sat 15 Oct / 11am-4pm Ancient Egypt   Sat 12 Nov / 11am-4pm Autumn on the allotment   Sat 3 Dec / 11am-4pm Chocolate

Booking / Cost / Age: Same as Big Sats

Summer holidays Mon 25 Jul-Fri 26 Aug / 11am-4pm The Museum Allotment A summer of activities linked to The Museum Allotment including pot decorating, vegetable printing and making bug homes. Thurs 4-Sun 7 Aug Family Friendly Film Club Weekender   Oct half term Mon 24-Fri 28 Oct / 11am-4pm Unearthed: Ancient Egypt Unearth science and technology from ancient Egypt. Make pyramids, go on a dig and get some archaeological training.   Christmas holidays Tues 27-Fri 30 Dec / 11am-4pm Thank you cards Make pop-up cards inspired by the Museum’s collection.

Manchester Science Festival Sat 22-Sun 30 Oct A celebration of all things science, including ancient Egyptian technology, planet knitting and a climate change debate. With a Science Spectacular on Sat 29 Oct.

Asia Triennial Manchester  

Enkhbold Togmidshiirev Look out this autumn for a special guest at the Museum Mongolian artist Enkhbold Togmidshiirev whose performances will introduce you to nomadic culture and its traditions. Co-commissioned by The International 3 and Shisha as part of the Asia Triennial Manchester.

Tours Tours of the Vivarium (live animals) Book on ManchesterMuseumVivarium@, free, 13+

Every Tues & Thurs / 12-1pm Big Saturdays Co   me along to our urs for more talks and to We’re launching a brand new adult programme in autumn 2011 So if nature photography, knitting museum exhibits or world music sound like your thing then look out for our programme of workshops, talks, events and performances. Visit to sign up for our e-news so we can tell you all about it.

China talks

Book on 0161 275 2648 Cost: Free Age: Adults and older children

Showcase lectures  

Tues 19 Jul / Wed 28 Sep / Wed 26 Oct / Wed 30 Nov / 12.30-1.30pm Confucius Institute China talks Gunpowder, silk, paper and porcelain were all invented in China. Find out more about one of the most important and influential civilisations in world history in this series of talks by The Confucius Institute.

Specialist Booking: Drop-in Cost: Free Age: Adults

As a leading university Museum, we offer talks from experts on the latest museum based research. Lectures this autumn will be: From natural history to human ecology - the philosophy behind the new Living Worlds gallery Henry McGhie, The Manchester Museum

Enhancing the visitor experience: the virtual and physical reconstruction of a Chalcolithic roundhouse on Cyprus Lindy Crewe, The Manchester Museum

Day school Booking and more information: visit research/nubiaproject or email Age: Adults

Whitworth Art Gallery Five minutes up the road you’ll find the University’s art gallery, the Whitworth, home to art, wallpaper and great cakes.

Sat 3 Dec All that remains: reconstructing life and death in ancient Egypt and Nubia A concentrated day of expert speakers and discussion around new research into the Royal Mummies of Egypt and the history of disease in Egypt and Nubia. With a practical session looking at how to study ancient skeletal remains and identify age, sex and whether a person suffered from a disease.


Opening times

We aim to meet everyone’s access needs. Please let us know about any requirements a week in advance of any event you would like to attend. Phone 0161 275 2648 or email

Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm Sun, Mon & Bank hols: 11am-4pm 27-31 Dec: 11am-4pm 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan: closed

Where did that bone go? 150 years of cave archaeology and museum collections Dr Hannah O’Regan, Liverpool John Moores University

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Events & Exhibitions at The Manchester Museum Jul-Dec 2011  

Events & Exhibitions at The Manchester Museum Jul-Dec 201