What's on

From frogs to ancient Egypt, we’ve got you covered! Check out our free activities, exhibitions and events for all ages here.

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Online

Planet–People–Power

 “We’re left to burn in the heat, the lower class…”

Take a moment today to listen to Planet-People-Power, a new composition by Farah Ahmad Khan and Balraj Singh Samrai.

This powerful and very relevant piece was commissioned by Season For Change and Manchester Museum to explore climate change and environmental inequality.

Music and poetry is interspersed with profound interview excerpts.

Season For Change - Events inspiring action on climate change

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Sunday 10 October, 11am -1pm / Manchester Museum

Join author Anita Sethi for a free and welcoming workshop for writers of colour and those from low-income backgrounds. Explore how to observe and describe the natural world. Weather permitting, this workshop will also be partly a ‘walkshop’, incorporating a walk through the local area, learning to sharpen the observational powers of nature along the way.

 

Free, booking required

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Friday 15 October, 7pm/ 

Manchester Museum

Much-loved Manchester poet and performer Lemn Sissay will be hosting a conversation with acclaimed biographer Rachel Holmes about Manchester activist, feminist and campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst.  This event is in partnership with University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

 

Tickets £12/£10

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Oxford Road Exhibition Window, at Manchester Museum

Heirlooms is a collection of artwork produced by members of Pure Art Studio inspired by Manchester Museum’s collections,  looking closely at precious items that tell stories of the past, and their own response to the theme ‘Heirlooms.’

 

Although Manchester Museum is currently closed for construction. The Heirlooms exhibition is on display in the exhibition window at Manchester Museum, on view on Oxford Road - you do not need to enter the museum to see the exhibition.

Find out more and visit the exhibition online

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Sunday 10 October 2pm / 

Manchester Museum

In 2019, Anita Sethi was subjected to a race hate crime. In the aftermath, driven by a desire to be in nature, she walked the Pennine Way and subsequently wrote 'I Belong Here : A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain'. Anita joins Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum, for a conversation about her experiences.

 

Tickets £8/£6

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Thursday 26 October

7pm / Online

Online Photography Exhibition

Preview: Thursday 26 October, 7pm

 

"My series pays homage to traditional hairstyles by creating different shapes that display the versatility of afro hair. Factual patterns within hair particularly resonated with me, I wanted to expand on this idea by intentionally using patterns, plants and shapes that complemented particular hairstyles to create a new narrative of black hair."

FREE, all ages

online at mmfromhome.com

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Every other Monday / Online

Manchester Museum is delighted to share Dinos A to Z: a fortnightly dose of dinosaur fun and facts. 

 

Stomp through the alphabet to explore the extraordinary world of dinosaurs. 

Dinos A to Z is created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with Dr Victoria Egerton, their Extraordinary Scientist in Residence.  

 

Dr Egerton is also a Research Fellow in The University of Manchester’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Manchester Museum works with many academics and scientists, and with their support we continue to learn about the collections as well as new discoveries, so we can share the latest research with our visitors.

 

Free, families, online

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Sunday 10 October, 4pm /

Manchester Museum

Three brilliant female poets from the UK, Canada and India join us in the museum to read from their acclaimed collections. Mona will also be performing an extract from her forthcoming debut novel. This event is in partnership with Manchester Poetry Library.

Tickets £8/£6

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Past events

19 May to 31 August 2021 - Manchester Museum

We've got a great programme of summer events inspired by nature at Manchester Museum.

Whether you’re a first time visitor or an old friend, we can’t wait to welcome you, onsite and online.

Have a look at the whole programme

Saturday 28 August

2.30-3.45pm / In the Museum

Meet the Artist: Simone Trumpet

An opportunity to meet emerging Artist and Photographer Simone Trumpet, whose online photography exhibition ‘The Divinity of Afro Hair’ will be on display on MMFromHome in October as part of a body of work including partners involved in the Black History Month and Beyond series. 

 

Join Simone as she shares the influences of her practice and artwork which explores how patterns can inspire self-expression. Simone’s photography is inspired by African hairstyles, fabric and plant structures.

 

Join us for this workshop to discover more about Simone’s work, and to create an artwork whilst exploring your own sense of self and belonging.

 

"Plaiting hair has always been a way of showing love, care, and affection, and providing a safe place where we feel accepted and can create bonds that last lifetimes." - Simone Trumpet

Free, ages 11+ years with accompanying parents/carers

Younger siblings welcome

In the museum

Friday 27 August

1-2pm & 2.45-3.45pm / In the Museum

Bhangra Flow /
The Spirit of Bhangra

"Bhangra is celebrated across continents by different practitioners. Its evolution is like a vast pipal-tree, flourishing and spreading its branches. However, as our ancestors taught us, a tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.”

- Hardeep Singh Sahota, Bhangra: Mystics, Music & Migration (2014)
 

In this workshop, you will learn some of the fundamental rhythms of this traditional folk dance that originated with farming communities in the Panjab. Join multidisciplinary Bhangra artist Hardeep Singh Sahota and founder of ‘Bhangra Lexicon’, a comprehensive visual dictionary of over 300 Bhangra movements, in an exciting Bhangra dance workshop that will leave you feeling energised for the rest of your day.

Free, families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Suitable for beginners

In the museum

Thursday 26 August

2pm / Online

Egyptology LIVE

From hieroglyphs to mummification, find out more about ancient Egypt with Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan.

Using key objects from our collection, we’ll be exploring stories of everyday life and connections with nature from over 2,000 years ago.

In Egyptology LIVE, Campbell will be answering your questions about ancient Egypt, as well as sharing resources to access the collection from home.

Free, suitable for all ages, including budding Egyptologists and the generally curious.

 

Find out more about our collections from Egypt and Sudan from Dr Campbell Price here:

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Thursday 26 August

10-11am / In the Museum

Let's Dance

Ever wondered if you could samba sitting down? Well, now you can-can!

Dance is a great way of building stamina, increasing joint flexibility and having fun, whatever your experience and ability.

Join dance practitioner Hazel Roy for our Age Friendly online dance sessions, inspired by nature and Manchester Museum’s collections.


You don’t need to be an expert to take part, and leopard print leotards are strictly optional.

Free, Ages 50+, Online via Zoom

Thursday 19 August

10-10.45am / In the Museum

Patterns in Nature

From the spots of a cheetah to the spirals of a sunflower, patterns are everywhere in nature.


Using fossils, shells and plants from our collection of over 4.5 million objects, join our Curators for a show and tell event with the best patterns nature has to offer.
 

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Tuesday 17 August

10.30 – 11.15am / Online

Nature & Art - Leaf Creatures

Create something special this summer, inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and forthcoming galleries.

Each week we will be creating artworks inspired by nature or exploring nature’s influences in art.

This week inspired by the wildlife around us, join artist Lydia Meiying for this family friendly nature craft activity - we’ll be using natural found items from leaves, to twigs, berries and feathers to create wildlife pictures

 

Free, Families, ages 7+ and accompanying parents/carers

Younger siblings welcome

Thursday 12 August

11am-12pm / Online

Let's Dance

Ever wondered if you could samba sitting down? Well, now you can-can!

Dance is a great way of building stamina, increasing joint flexibility and having fun, whatever your experience and ability.

Join dance practitioner Hazel Roy for our Age Friendly online dance sessions, inspired by nature and Manchester Museum’s collections.


You don’t need to be an expert to take part, and leopard print leotards are strictly optional.

Free, Ages 50+, Online via Zoom

Wednesday 11 August

10-10.45am / Online

Muso Family

From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, musicians have always been influenced by the natural world.

 

Join musician Rachel Swanick for an interactive music and movement session, inspired by highlights from the museum’s collection, introducing your young ones and you to some familiar songs and rhymes from ‘the little green frog’ to ‘there’s a spider on the floor’ and many more…


Free, Families, children ages 0-5 years and accompanying parents/carers

Older siblings welcome

Thursday 5 August

11am-12pm / Online

Let's Dance

Ever wondered if you could samba sitting down? Well, now you can-can!

Dance is a great way of building stamina, increasing joint flexibility and having fun, whatever your experience and ability.

Join dance practitioner Hazel Roy for our Age Friendly online dance sessions, inspired by nature and Manchester Museum’s collections.


You don’t need to be an expert to take part, and leopard print leotards are strictly optional.

Free, Ages 50+, Online via Zoom

Tuesday 3 August

10.30 – 11.15am / Online

Create something special this summer, inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and forthcoming galleries.

Each week we will be creating artworks inspired by nature or exploring nature’s influences in art.

This week inspired by the Museum’s plant collection and flower models join Kate from KaperArts who will be sharing some top tips for paper crafting, as we create our very own paper flowers.

Free, Families, ages 7+ and accompanying parents/carers, younger siblings are welcome too

Thursday 29 July

7-8pm / Online

Welcoming to England

A film screening by Amber Akaunu, accompanied by a sharing of a music video from MC Nelson with a live performance, followed by a discussion on what it means to be British and how/why artists like Amber Akaunu and MC Nelson explore this in their practice through archive material, lyrics and art. We'll also cover topics such as accessibility and archive material, with an open Q&A at the end from the audience.

Free, Ages 16+ years, Online via Zoom

Wednesday 28 July

10.45-12pm / Online

Ever wanted to upcycle, but not sure where to start? This workshop is for you.

As the 3rd floor at the museum evolves and becomes a space for the future of education, we’re giving our furniture a makeover, too.

Using collaging techniques inspired by nature, you can create something beautiful for our new space as well as getting practical experience in upcycling and tips for future projects, from artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz and Jerwood Early Career Fellow Hattie Kongaunruan.

Free, families, children age 7 + with accompanying parents/carers

Tuesday 27 July

10.30 – 11.15am / Online

Create something special this summer, inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and forthcoming galleries.

Each week we will be creating artworks inspired by nature or exploring nature’s influences in art.

This week inspired by the wildlife around us, join Kate from KaperArts who will be sharing some top tips for paper crafting, as we create our very own nature mobiles.

Free, Families, ages 7 plus and accompanying parents/carers, younger siblings welcome too.

Thursday 22 July

6pm / Online

HUNGER - Online Screening

Join us for a livestream of HUNGER from Manchester Museum.

HUNGER is a unique, site-specific, filmed performance piece created by international artists Abas El Janabi, Farjana Kabir and Louison Kangombe at Manchester Museum, responding to the museum’s collections.

The event features a Q&A with the artists.

 

Free, Online

Monday 19th July

6pm / Online

Join us for Part One of our OSCH x Decolonise University of Manchester Radical Readers summer special, when we will be discussing Postcolonial Banter by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan.

We will have a relaxed conversation, discussing themes from the poetry such as belonging, identity, faith and culture. An e-book can be accessed by University of Manchester students via their online library. We will share a Jamboard with some resources for all who register for the event.

Free, Ages 18+, Online via Zoom

Sunday 20 June, 11am-11.45

A LIVE virtual visit to Manchester Museum's Vivarium - live animals gallery

Thursday 3 June, 11.30am -12.15pm

Will you be out nature spotting this May half term? What wildlife will you see? From birds to butterflies and everything in between.

Saturday 29 May, 10.30 - 11.15am

Get crafty & create nature inspired collages from natural/found items

20 May 2021

Get ‘inside’ Manchester Museum before it reopens, and discover how scientists past and present collect and learn about nature! 

3 March 2021

Join Manchester Museum in the celebration of  UN World Wildlife Day 2021 - Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet on 3 March 2021 from 2pm.

11 - 28 February 2021

Join Manchester Museum to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year 2021 as we welcome the Year of the Ox, a symbol of strength and determination.

6 August 2020

Please join us on Thursday, 6 August 2020 online to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Weapons Attack and remember all innocent victims of war and terrorism.

28 June 2020

LIVE natural arts with Manchester Museum and The Whitworth, part of Festival of Nature

19 May to 31 August 2021 - Manchester Museum

How does nature make you feel? Discover Wild Chorus and Voicing Silence, two new artistic responses to the beauty, complexity and decline of wildlife.

Saturday 28 August

12-1pm / In the Museum

Meet artists Harry Ovington and Oliver Halstead who will present a new short film piece 'Sonic Rewild: A lockdown film'. The film will show details about Harry's processes in capturing and composing with environmental audio for the commissioned piece 'Wild Chorus'. It will also feature footage from prominent locations which feature in the original piece.

 

The film began as a collaborative project toward the end of the first pandemic lockdown and has been completed together over the course of the following year.

Free

In the museum

Friday 27 August

10-11am / In the Museum

21st Century Nature Collecting

How did scientists collect nature samples in the past? How is it different today?

Compare different types of museum collecting by meeting curators and experts and exploring the museum, then become a citizen scientist and discover the nature living on our doorstep. You'll also discover how we care for our live animal collection, and try out the amazing citizen science app that has helped the museum identify new species.

This workshop will take place both inside and outside the museum, whatever the weather, so please dress accordingly. We will ask participants to stay in their family groups whilst taking part in activities.

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Thursday 26 August

2-3pm / In the Museum

The Dance of the Peacock

Join artist Kajal Sharma, a legendary artist of Delhi Television, for a captivating performance of the popular traditional ‘Peacock Dance’.

Find out more about the importance of the peacock in Kathak and learn some of the intricate dance techniques in this interactive performance workshop led by Guru Kajal Sharma and our South Asia Gallery Collective member Poonam Kakkar.

 

Free, families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Suitable for beginners

In the museum

Wednesday 25 August

10-10.45am / Online

Muso Family

From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, musicians have always been influenced by the natural world.

 

Join musician Rachel Swanick for an interactive music and movement session, inspired by highlights from the museum’s collection, introducing your young ones and you to some familiar songs and rhymes from ‘the little green frog’ to ‘there’s a spider on the floor’ and many more…


Free, Families, children ages 0-5 years, and accompanying parents/carers, older siblings welcome too

Wednesday 18 August

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

Nature Inspired Upcycling

Ever wanted to upcycle, but not sure where to start? This workshop is for you.

As the 3rd floor at the museum evolves and becomes a space for the future of education, we’re giving our furniture a makeover, too.

Using collaging techniques inspired by nature, you can create something beautiful for our new space as well as getting practical experience in upcycling and tips for future projects, from artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz and Jerwood Early Career Fellow Hattie Kongaunruan.

FREE,  Families, children age 7 + with accompanying parents/carers

Saturday 14 August

4-5pm / Online 

Healing & I Should Have Held You Tighter When We Last Met

Experience a unique online sharing of two works filmed within Manchester Museum, ‘I Should Have Held You Tighter When We Last Met’ and ‘Healing’, alongside a Q&A with collaborators and South Asia Gallery Collective members Balraj Samrai and Farah Ahmad Khan.

Based on recorded interviews, research and fusions of traditional South Asian percussion, spoken word and contemporary electronic production, these collaborative pieces share the numerous perspectives at two critical points of the Covid pandemic and its impact on communities of colour. 

This discussion will explore their contrasting attitudes and processes of research and collaboration, followed by an open reflection of what the future might hold for artists and communities of colour as we begin to move out of lockdown restrictions. This discussion will be co-hosted by OSCH members Urussa Malik and Tarrine Khanom. 

Free, Ages 16+, Online via Zoom

Thursday 12 August

10-10.45am / In the Museum

From the spots of a cheetah to the spirals of a sunflower, patterns are everywhere in nature.


Using fossils, shells and plants from our collection of over 4.5 million objects, join our curators for a show and tell event with the best patterns nature has to offer.
 

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Tuesday 10 August

10.30 – 11.15am / Online

Art & Nature - Kathak Dance

Discover something special this summer, inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and forthcoming galleries.


Each week we will be creating artworks inspired by nature or exploring nature’s influences in art.


This week join Guru Kajal Sharma and South Asia Gallery Collective member Dr Poonam Kakkar to celebrate the beauty of storytelling through Kathak dance and music. Kathak is one of the nine major forms of classical Indian dance that is still practiced globally today. In Kathak, the hands play a really important role in how we can communicate through rhythm and expression.
 

You will discover how to create a dance sequence of graceful hand gestures inspired by nature, such as the Peacock, Rain and Clouds. In association with Vedic Organisation for Indian Culture and Education (VOICE, Manchester).
 

Workshop is suitable for complete dance beginners.

Free, Families, ages 7+ and accompanying parents/carers, younger siblings welcome

Thursday 5 August

10-10.45am / In the Museum

Patterns in Nature

From the spots of a cheetah to the spirals of a sunflower, patterns are everywhere in nature.


Using fossils, shells and plants from our collection of over 4.5 million objects, join our Curators for a show and tell event with the best patterns nature has to offer.
 

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Friday 30 July

10.30am-12pm / Online

Frogs and Friends Storytime

MAES (Manchester Adult Education Service) and Manchester Museum have teamed together to share a story time event with a difference. Join us as we hear the story ‘Oi Frog’ and get to meet some of the animals the book is inspired by.

We’ll be joined by Manchester Museum’s team who care for the live animals in the Museum’s Vivarium, such as frogs, lizards and snakes.

 

The team will share a little bit about their work, and some fascinating facts about the amazing animals they care for.

Get your crafting kits ready, & create your very own dangly frogs too.

Part of READ Manchester initiative

Free, Families, ages 5+, younger siblings welcome too. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer

Thursday 29 July

2pm / Online

Egyptology LIVE

From hieroglyphs to mummification, find out more about ancient Egypt with Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan.

Using key objects from our collection, we’ll be exploring stories of everyday life and connections with nature from over 2,000 years ago.

In Egyptology LIVE, Campbell will be answering your questions about ancient Egypt, as well as sharing resources to access the collection from home.

Free, suitable for all ages, including budding Egyptologists and the generally curious.

 

Find out more about our collections from Egypt and Sudan from Dr Campbell Price here:

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Wednesday 28 July

2.30-4.30pm / Online

Part of our Black History Month & Beyond programme.

Make your own mini-book by imagining shared with other people from different places and communities.

Materials Needed: Paper, scissors, tools to draw and colour.

There will be a small break in the middle and then participants will have an opportunity to share descriptions of where they are (without actually saying where they are!) and others will create imagination maps based on the descriptions.

Free, ages 7-14 (accompanying parents/carers welcome too)

Monday 26 July

10.30am-12pm / Online

MAES (Manchester Adult Education Service) and Manchester Museum have teamed together to share a story time event with a difference. Join us as we hear the story ‘Oi Frog’ and get to meet some of the animals the book is inspired by.

We’ll be joined by Manchester Museum’s team who care for the live animals in the Museum’s Vivarium, such as frogs, lizards and snakes.

The team will share a little bit about their work, and some fascinating facts about the amazing animals they care for.

Get your crafting kits ready, & create your very own dangly frogs too.

 

Part of READ Manchester initiative

 

Free, Families, ages 5 plus, younger siblings welcome too, - all children participating must be accompanied by parents/carers

Thursday 22 July

3pm / Online

Dr. Paulette Steeves presents the opening lecture "Finding Home: Reviving, Reclaiming, and Rewriting the Indigenous Past for the Present"

18+ (16+ with consent of parent/carer)

Free, Online.

Thursday 8 July

2.30pm - Online

Join us as we host the second conversation of REIYL spaces with Danielle Jawando on Museum Spaces, Inclusion and Belonging. 

Saturday 19 June, 2pm -2,45pm

A live family friendly story-making & language sharing event using museum objects as inspiration.

Wednesday 2 June, 3pm (BST) / 9am (CST )

A digital showcase of fun family-friendly activities.

Join us for three days of exploration, interaction and conversation.

27 May 2021

Discover more about Ancient Egypt with Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan Live.

Egyptology Live, Thursday 27 May - 2pm, on YouTube.

19 May 2021 - ongoing

How does nature make you feel? Discover Wild Chorus and Voicing Silence, two new artistic responses to the beauty, complexity and decline of wildlife.

Multiple Dates

Engaging with Ancient Egypt, in a physically distanced world.

30 January 2021

Do you have your Dino sketchbook ready? Celebrate National #DrawADinosaurDay, Saturday 30 January 2021, with our Curator of Earth Sciences David Gelsthorpe, and join us for this roarsome online family friendly event. 

Multiple Dates

Tune in on Periscope @McrMuseum every Friday at 1pm where we will be live from the Vivarium answering all of your frog questions

28 June 2020

A chance to find out more about Manchester Museum’s spectacular collection of over 4.5 million objects and to meet some of the team of curators who look after it.

July and August 2021

Can you hop like a bunny or slither like a snake? Explore the museum in a whole new way with our free, family friendly ‘Walk on the Wildside nature trail.’

Complete the challenges as you move around the museum on your visit, then share your photos of your visit with us @mcrmuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Download in advance of your visit  for a totally roar-some experience.

Friday 27 August

6.30, 7.30, 8.30 & 9.30pm

In the Museum

I M PACT presents
Vuka

"Bhangra is celebrated across continents by different practitioners. Its evolution is like a vast pipal-tree, flourishing and spreading its branches. However, as our ancestors taught us, a tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.”

- Hardeep Singh Sahota, Bhangra: Mystics, Music & Migration (2014)
 

In this workshop, you will learn some of the fundamental rhythms of this traditional folk dance that originated with farming communities in the Panjab. Join multidisciplinary Bhangra artist Hardeep Singh Sahota and founder of ‘Bhangra Lexicon’, a comprehensive visual dictionary of over 300 Bhangra movements, in an exciting Bhangra dance workshop that will leave you feeling energised for the rest of your day.

Free, families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Suitable for beginners

In the museum

Thursday 26 August

6-7.30pm & 7.30-9pm / In the Museum

An Evening with the Family Gorgeous

The weekend gets underway in fabulous style, as you are invited to an Evening with the Family Gorgeous. Enjoy our extended opening hours with an opportunity to explore our collections, while Cheddar Gorgeous, Lill and Liquorice Black set the vibe, bringing some glitz and glamour to the evening!

 

Cheddar, Lill and Liquorice, stars of Channel 4’s Drag SOS, and some of Manchester’s most creative drag artists, often use their visually spectacular artistry as a form of political activism. Inspired by our collections, and as part of our celebration of Manchester Pride, the evening will also include a spotlight performance from each of the artists, making it a night to remember.

Free, families

In the museum

Thursday 26 August

10-10.45am / In the Museum

Patterns in Nature

From the spots of a cheetah to the spirals of a sunflower, patterns are everywhere in nature.


Using fossils, shells and plants from our collection of over 4.5 million objects, join our Curators for a show and tell event with the best patterns nature has to offer.
 

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Tuesday 24 August

10.30-11.15am / Online

Create something special this summer, inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and forthcoming galleries.
Each week we will be creating artworks inspired by nature or exploring nature’s influences in art.


This week inspired by the museum’s forthcoming Chinese Cultural gallery and some of the decorative objects from the museum’s collections we’ll be creating our very own paper cherry blossoms.

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Wednesday 18 August

10-10.45am / Online

Muso Family

From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, musicians have always been influenced by the natural world.

 

Join musician Rachel Swanick for an interactive music and movement session, inspired by highlights from the museum’s collection, introducing your young ones and you to some familiar songs and rhymes from ‘the little green frog’ to ‘there’s a spider on the floor’ and many more…


Free, Families, children ages 0-5 years, and accompanying parents or carers

Older siblings welcome

Friday 13 August

10-10.45am, with option to continue for 15 minutes with harder working examples/ Online

The Magic of Vedic Maths

Discover the magic of Vedic Maths where you will learn to do mental sums so fast, you’ll beat your parents!

 

Vedic Maths is a unique study of mathematics and problem solving, developed in ancient India from one of the oldest books of knowledge. Join Professor Nawal Prinja to change the way we can think about numbers - learn quick and practical skills to solve long multiplication in your head, calculate change faster than a shop till, and even beat your calculator!

Free, Ages 7+, Online via Zoom

Wednesday 11 August

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

Nature Inspired Upcycling

Ever wanted to upcycle, but not sure where to start? This workshop is for you.

As the 3rd floor at the museum evolves and becomes a space for the future of education, we’re giving our furniture a makeover, too.

Using collaging techniques inspired by nature, you can create something beautiful for our new space as well as getting practical experience in upcycling and tips for future projects, from artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz and Jerwood Early Career Fellow Hattie Kongaunruan.

FREE,  Families, children age 7 + with accompanying parents/carers

Monday 9 August

11am -12pm / Online

Nature, Comics & Belonging

Help us to shape our new gallery exploring the theme of Belonging with an interactive, family friendly workshop.

 

Join us on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, for an introduction to indigenous storytelling and practical comic creating skills, then use the museum’s collections and your thoughts about belonging to share your story through a comic book.

 

Free, Families, ages 7+ and accompanying parents/carers, younger siblings welcome

Wednesday 4 August

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

Nature Inspired Upcycling

Ever wanted to upcycle, but not sure where to start? This workshop is for you.

As the 3rd floor at the museum evolves and becomes a space for the future of education, we’re giving our furniture a makeover, too.

Using collaging techniques inspired by nature, you can create something beautiful for our new space as well as getting practical experience in upcycling and tips for future projects, from artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz and Jerwood Early Career Fellow Hattie Kongaunruan.

Free, for Adults

Friday 30 July

9.45am-12pm

In the museum and online

Meet the Artist: We are Nature - Voicing Silence

There’s no doubt that lockdown made us truly appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us, from local parks and window boxes, to rugged coastlines and wild moorland.
 
Voicing Silence, Wild Chorus and The Insect Hotel, are three new, artistic responses to the beauty, complexity and decline of wildlife, now on display at Manchester Museum.

These works prompt visitors to pause and ask the question – how does nature make you feel?  On selected dates over the summer, meet the artists behind these works and take part in interactive, artist-led sessions.

On Friday 30 July – meet artist Laurence Payot and create your own response to her holographic video piece Voicing Silence, currently presented in the ‘We are nature’ exhibition.
 
During this workshop, you'll be invited to talk about nature and biodiversity loss, what it means to you and your family, how it makes you feel. Together, you'll create a collage/ stop motion video using images from the museum collection, which will then be projected as a mesmerising hologram.

 

Free, Families, ages 7 plus and accompanying parents/carers

Thursday 29 July

10-10.45am / In the Museum

Patterns In Nature

From the spots of a cheetah to the spirals of a sunflower, patterns are everywhere in nature.


Using fossils, shells and plants from our collection of over 4.5 million objects, join our Curators for a show and tell event with the best patterns nature has to offer.
 

FREE, Families, ages 7+ with accompanying parents/carers

Tuesday 27 July

11am-1pm / Online

‘Science of Afro Hair’ & ‘Social Implications and History of Afro Hair’ with Artist Simone Trumpet, and Genevieve Bent and Kemi Oloyede from Young Black Teachers Network

Join us for a two part interactive and creative workshop with Artist Simone Trumpet and Kemi Oloyede from Young Black Teachers Network.

Part 1: Science of Afro Hair
This will be a chance for them to learn what makes afro-hair the way it is and the various textures. The session will be led by Genevieve Bent (Chemistry) & Kemi Oloyede (Biology) who are experienced secondary school Science teachers.

 

 

Part 2: Social Implications and History of Afro Hair.
This will be a chance for them to learn about how afro hair is perceived in society by Black people and other races, as well as the natural hair movement, how afro hairstyles have changed over time and what the different styles represent to various groups around the world. 

Free, Ages 12+, must be accompanied by parent or carer.

Online via Zoom

19 May to 31 August 2021 - Manchester Museum

We've got a great programme of summer events inspired by nature at Manchester Museum.

Whether you’re a first time visitor or an old friend, we can’t wait to welcome you, onsite and online.

Have a look at the whole programme

Wednesday 21 July

6pm / Online

Belonging: Space & Place - Poetry Workshop

Following on from our Whose Statues? Whose Stories? sessions for young people, join OSCH for a poetry workshop, hosted by one of our Young Collective members Amina Beg. Take part in free-writing activities inspired by prompts/poems relating to statues, history, decolonisation and heritage, and have the opportunity to share your work with the group at the end (optional) for feedback and discussions. 

 

Free, Ages 18 to 26 (16+ with parental/carer consent)

Online via Zoom

June, Online and Heaton Park

Throughout June, we’ll be celebrating the wildlife we find in Manchester. Look out for the Manchester Festival of Nature online and in Heaton Park on 27 June 2021.

Various dates / online

An Age Friendly live dance session on zoom for ages 50 +

Tuesday 1 June, 11.30am -12.15pm

Will you be out nature spotting this May half term? What wildlife will you see? From birds to butterflies and everything in between.

24 May 2021

Check our social media for more nature logging inspiration.

11, 25 March - 15 April 2021

Come and find out about Pakistan best kept secret, the Lahore Museum. A panel discussion with Anwar Akhtar, Manchester Museum and the Osch collective around Diaspora, Identity and Languages

Multiple Dates

A social prescribing programme; of a series of friendly, interactive, music sessions, led by music therapist, Rachel Swanick . 

28 June 2020

LIVE plant pressing workshop with Rachel Webster, curator of Botany at Manchester Museum, part of Festival of Nature