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at Manchester Museum Jul-Dec 2013

Families or adults, as a group or on your own - there’s something for everyone. CONNECT WITH US @McrMuseum /ManchesterMuseum

Open daily: 10am-5pm 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan: closed

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

...take a walk through knowledge at Manchester Museum

Free entry EXHIBITIONS Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual Until 3 Nov 2013 On tour from the British Museum and supported by the generosity of the Dorset Foundation. #WarriorsOfThePlains Collecting Trees Until 6 Oct 2013 From woodland wildlife, to supplying wood for art and buildings, the objects we’ve collected as part of our ‘Trees collecting to connect’ project show how important trees are. Part of the Festival of Ecology. #MMTrees 90 Degree Citizen 10 Oct-17 Nov 2013 Six artists use photography, painting and print-making to look sideways from the broken line between homeland and destination. Part of the Platforma National Refugee Arts Festival 2013.

Fragmentary Ancestors: Figurines from Koma Land 25 Oct 2013-5 May 2014 The first ever officially approved showing in the UK of clay figurines made by a little understood people in Koma Land in Ghana between the 6th and 14th centuries. #MMKoma Coral: Something Rich and Strange 30 Nov 2013-16 Mar 2014 Explore the enduring fascination with coral as a material, symbol and inspiration for artists, cultures and societies across the centuries. How has coral been used in natural history, art and religion? And why is it worth protecting? #MMKoma #MMCoral Gallery redevelopments NOW OPEN Nature’s Library showcases the Museum’s natural history collection, completely redisplayed in a beautiful Victorian gallery. #NaturesLibrary Our Vivarium (Live Animals) gallery will be closed for redevelopment from Mon 22 Jul, reopening Autumn 2013. #FrogBlogMcr

Talks Unless otherwise specified: Book on 0161 275 2648 or / Cost: Free

1st Wed of the month: Collection Bites Join our series of guest speakers for lunchtime conversations about key objects from the collection. 1-2pm

Wed 24 Jul: Ian Panter and conserving the past Voices from the Ancient Worlds gallery Find out about the challenges faced by Ian Panter, who treats and preserves objects found on excavations. 1-2pm Thurs 5 Sep: Salford Sioux Stephen Welsh, Anjum Malik and Natalie Zacek discuss why hundreds of Sioux Indians set up camp on the banks of the Irwell in Salford. 6-8pm Tues 10 Sep: Craft in the making Encounters with Native North America Explore replica-making as a way of understanding the skill and significance embedded in Plains Indian craftwork. With Petra Tjitske Kalshoven and David Spencer. 6-8pm

Tues 24 Sep: Skulls, death and the Dark Ages Bryan Sitch will explain what the discovery of 1400-year-old skeletons of men who died at the Battle of Chester are telling us about the nature of ‘Dark Age’ warfare. 1-2pm Mon 28 Oct: Fragmentary ancestors? Figurines and archaeology from Koma Land, Ghana With Dr Benjamin Kankpeyeng and Professor Timothy Insoll. 5-7pm The Confucius Institute China talks Wed 30 Oct: Live link up with pandas Wed 27 Nov: Opera 1-2pm

Thurs 7 Nov: Happy Birthday Alfred Wallace Celebrate the life of Alfred Russel Wallace and see some of the specimens collected by Wallace himself. 1-2pm Thurs 28 Nov: Ancestors in ancient Egypt: Images and practice Explore evidence of ancestor worship by ordinary Egyptians, which may be compared with that of other African civilizations. 6-8pm #MuseumMeets

Museum Meets: Manchester Museum’s adult programme Manchester Literature Festival Sat 12 Oct: Poetry & Medicine workshop Book on 0161 275 2648 or / Free / 10am-12pm

‘Open the Windows’ Poetry & Medicine reading Book on 0843 208 0500 or / Free / 2-3.30pm

Tues 15 Oct: Shackleton’s Man Goes South: Tony White in conversation with Gregory Norminton

Wed 16 Oct: The Palace of Curiosities Rosie Garland & Victorian sideshow act

Book on 0843 208 0500 or £6/£4 / 7.30pm

Book on 0843 208 0500 or £6/£4 / 7.30pm

Courses Sun 21 Jul: What can you learn from an ancient sock? Book on 0161 275 2648 or / £3 / 1-3pm

Sat 3 Aug & Wed 4 Sep: Native North American beading workshop Book on 0161 275 2648 or / £3 (includes a cup of tea) / 2-4pm

Thurs 15 Aug: Discover geology: An augmented reality field trip Book: / Free / 10am

Starts 25 Sep: Ice Age to Iron Age 10 week WEA course Book: or 0151 243 5340 / £62/unwaged free / 2.45-4.45pm

Sun 29 Sep: Manchester Museum sings Book on 0161 275 2648 or / Free / 2-4pm

Sat 9 Nov: Behind the scenes at the Museum - Fossils Visit for online booking / £15 / 10am-4pm

Thurs 14 & 28 Nov, 12 Dec, 9 & 23 Jan, 6 & 20 Feb: Wildlife recording Book on / Free / 6-8pm

Sat 30 Nov: Hands on hieroglyphs - what do hieroglyphs mean? Visit for online booking / £15 / 10am-4pm

Look out for our Manchester Science Festival events in Oct. For more info and listings visit

After Hours

Urban Naturalist

Evening social events where you encounter the unexpected. Artists, scientists, film makers, writers and musicians animate our collections in special one-off performances. Supported by Barefoot Wine Drop-in / Free / 6.30-9pm

Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep. Book on: 0161 275 2648 or / £3 / Last Sat of the month / 2-4pm

Thurs 25 Jul: Trees Thurs 12 Sep: World Music Fri 4 Oct: Warriors of the Plains

Sat 27 Jul: Summer tree walk Sat 31 Aug: Lichen Sat 28 Sep: Moss Sat 26 Oct: Bees Sat 30 Nov: Plant dyes

More adult events Sat 6 Jul: Dig your park: The Whitworth Park Community Archaeology & History Project open day Tours at 11am, 12, 1 & 2pm. Drop-in / Free / 11am-3pm / Whitworth Park

Sat 13, Thurs 18, Tues 23 & Thurs 25 Jul: Conservation on show Drop-in / Free / 1-3pm

Manchester Museum Book Club Buy a glass of wine or cup of coffee, meet people and discuss books inspired by the Museum’s new Nature’s Library gallery and brought to life by Museum objects. Tues 23 Jul, 27 Aug, 24 Sep, 22 Oct & 26 Nov / Drop-in / Free / 5.30-6.30pm

Tues 3 Sep, 8 Oct, 5 Nov & 3 Dec: English Corner Free English conversation classes. Drop-in / Free / 1-2.30pm Wed 30 Oct: What can art bring to our understanding of climate change? Artists present performances & videos from collaborations with scientists. Curated by Alice Sharp of Invisible Dust and an Honorary Museum Researcher. Drop-in / Free / 6.30-8.30pm

Refugee Art - Representation, diversity and commonality Discussion & performance in response to the 90 Degree Citizen exhibition. To coincide with the Platforma National Refugee Arts Conference. Drop-in / Free / 6.30-9pm

Sun 3 Nov: Film screening of Thunderheart Loosely based on events surrounding the so-called ‘Wounded Knee Incident’ in the 1970s, Thunderheart brings to attention Native culture, politics and society in late 20th century America. Book on 0161 275 2648 or / Free / Adults (15 rating) / 2-4pm

Free family BIG SATURDAYS Touching a 200 million year old fossil or objects from ancient cultures; stroking a hedgehog; meeting scientists working on the latest research; making your own treasures; performances and films; storytelling and tours. These are some of the things you can experience at our monthly Big Sats.

Booking: Drop-in / Cost: Free Age: All ages - from under 5s to adults Time: 11am-4pm

Sat 13 Jul: Dig Now Sat 10 Aug: Bees & Butterflies Sat 21 Sep: World Music Sat 26 Oct: World of Frogs Sat 16 Nov: Ancient Faces & Places Sat 14 Dec: Polar Animals

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Similar to Big Saturdays, but the activities go on Mon 22 Jul-Fri 30 Aug:

Summer Hols

Mon 22-Fri 26 Jul:

Ancient Worlds hands-on activities, part of the Festival of Archaeology

Mon 29 Jul-Fri 30 Aug:

Craft activities inspired by the Nature’s Library gallery

Wed 7 Aug:

National Play Day

Wed 7, 14, 21, 28 Aug:

Warriors of the Plains craft activities

MORE FAMILY EVENTS Sat 5 & Sun 6 Oct: Grandparents Weekend Bring the whole family for fun drop-in craft activities. Drop-in / Free / 11am-4pm

Sun 13 Oct: The Little Red Hen The Puppetellers present the much loved classic tale of The Little Red Hen in this intimate interactive storytelling piece for 2-5 year olds involving puppetry, song and live music. Book on 0843 208 0500 or £4 / 2-3pm

y activities BABY EXPLORERS Sensory play for babies who aren’t walking yet. Book on 0161 275 2648 a week before / Cost: Free Age: Babies and their carers Times: 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm

Every other Tues (except school hols*) 9 & 23 Jul, 6 & 20 Aug, 3 & 17 Sep, 1 & 15 Oct, 12 & 26 Nov, 10 Dec

*when there are drop-in sensory play sessions 11am-2pm MAGIC CARPET Storytelling and activity sessions. On the last Friday of every month: 26 Jul, 30 Aug, 27 Sep, 25 Oct, 29 Nov, 27 Dec

n all week.

Book on 0161 275 2648 a week before Cost: Free Age: Under 5s and their families/carers Times: 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm

Booking / Cost / Age: Same as Big Sats / Time: 11am-4pm

Mon 28 Oct-Fri 1 Nov: Oct half-term Create colourful creatures inspired by Nature’s Library and take part in loads of MCR Science Festival activities including the Science Spectacular on Sat 2 Nov, 11am-3pm. Part of the Family Arts Festival

Mon 23 & Fri 27-Mon 30 Dec & Fri 3-Sun 5 Jan: Christmas hols Create fanciful photoframe gifts inspired by the Museum’s collection.



Family Drawing Den Drop in for drawing, craft & art activities inspired by the Museum’s collection.

For a truly unique birthday experience, celebrate at Manchester Museum. The Museum offers birthday parties that are full of hands-on activities for children aged 7-11.

Book: Drop-in Cost: Free Age: All ages Time: 11am-4pm

For more information see manchester. or call 0161 306 1779

Available Sat & Sun 10am-12pm or 2-4pm. Max 15 children & 15 adults.


Unless otherwise specified: Book on 0161 275 2648 / Cost: Free

Geology Identification sessions / Drop-in / 2-3pm

Thurs 18 Jul, 22 Aug, 26 Sep, 24 Oct, 28 Nov & 12 Dec

Dig It

Archaeology Identification sessions / Drop-in / 12-1pm

Fri 19 Jul, 16 Aug, 20 Sep, 18 Oct, 15 Nov & 13 Dec

Thurs 11 Jul: How to identify dinosaur bones and eggs 2-3pm Meet the Curator of Earth Sciences and find out how to tell if your fossil is a real dinosaur bone or egg and see the real thing close up. Wed 21 Aug: How to identify a meteorite 2-3pm Meet the Curator of Earth Sciences and find out how to tell if your rock is a meteorite. See the real things close up with a range of other materials. TOURS

Unless otherwise specified: Book on 0161 275 2648 / Cost: Free

Sat 26 Oct: Exhibition tour of Fragmentary Ancestors: Figurines from Koma Land With Dr Benjamin Kankpeyeng. 1-1.45pm Wed 11 Dec: Exhibition tour of Coral: Something Rich and Strange With Marion Endt. 1pm

Every Wed & Thurs: Taster tours / Drop-in / Meet at reception Floor G / 1pm WHITWORTH ART GALLERY celebrates its final season 5 Jul-1 Sep 2013. It will then close for major development work to transform and extend the Gallery and will re-open in summer 2014.

SPECIALIST Visit and sign up to our specialist e-news to find out about our Showcase Lectures and Day Schools.

ACCESS 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.

Want to support the Museum? From donating by text to leaving a gift in your Will, find out how you can help by visiting /museum/supportus

You can also contact us for a large print or Braille version of this leaflet. Phone 0161 275 2648 or email

Image © Paul Cliff

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