Paper Cranes



This Demoiselle Crane is on display in the Peace case in our Living Worlds Gallery, alongside a piece of rubble from Hiroshima atomic blast, surroungded by orgami paper canes.



The case tells a story of peace – the crane is a sign of hope in Japan and Asian countries.  The first origami cranes were folded by Sadako a young girl who contracted lukemenia after the bombing.   You can find out more about Sadako and see a silver crane at the Peace Museum



Like Rainbows, Cranes are a sign of hope.  Find out how to fold your own paper crane by watching this video.


Manchester Museum has been honoured over the past few years, to host Manchester City Council’s annual commemoration ceremony for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and civilian victims of war and terrorism.  Manchester is a proud member of Mayors for Peace.   Project G is where Ginko tree seedlings from Hiroshima have been planted in schools, universities and hospitals around Manchester. You can find out about Manchester’s peace trail here.



On 21 September 2019 Manchester Museum celebrated International Peace Day as part of programme of events for Jalllianwala Bagh 1919; Punjab Under Siege.  Our partners the Partition Museum created cloth marigolds to be worn to remember people who had died, which were on sale in our Museum shop. #Peace #Hope


DEMOISELLE crane on display in the Museum also has a remarkable life – it’s migration journey is one of the toughest in the world.  You can find out more about how the crane has inspired literature and poetry throughout South Asia & their migration at Stories From the Museum Floor


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