Force of Nature 

Online Events & Activities
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There’s so much to discover about nature on your doorstep.

Whether you live in a city or town, countryside or seaside, you will find all sorts of nature on your doorstep. Just like the scientists and researchers who have collected and studied our museum specimens, you too can become an Outdoor Explorer.

These resources will introduce the wonderful world of plant life and minibeasts with top tips to help you to get ready for an outdoor adventure and all you need to make your very own field notebooks.

Activities and resources have been designed for explorers aged 7+ 

with adult supervision.

 

Free, Families, Online

Find out more

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Thursday 29 July

2pm / Online via our YouTube channel

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 5 August

11am-12pm / Online

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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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Wednesday 11 August

10-10.45am / Online

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

Space are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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Wednesday 18 August

10-10.45am / Online

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

Spaces are limited 

Booking via Eventbrite

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Thursday 26 August

2pm / Online via our YouTube channel

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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Every Wednesday

12pm / Online

Discover more about the wild species on your doorstep and beyond, with the Vivarium Team.

Our Sixty Second Species continues with members of our vivarium team presenting a video fact file covering the things you might not know about a range of wild animal and plant species. Filmed in the country of origin, and presented weekly throughout the summer – each week you’ll get to hear and discover more about a new species.

 

Free, Families, Online

Find out more

Friday 30 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+, younger siblings welcome too. All children participating must be accompanied by parents/carers

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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Monday 9 August

11am-12pm / Online

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 too

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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Thursday 12 August

11am-12pm / Online

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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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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+ and accompanying parents/carers, younger siblings welcome too.

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Every 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

Find out more

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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 welcome too

Spaces are limited, book in advance:

Booking via Eventbrite

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Tuesday 10 August

10.30-11.15am / Online

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 too.

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Tuesday 17 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 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 too.

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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Wednesday 25 August

10-10.45am / Online

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

Space are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Entry to the museum and all of our events are free, spaces are limited so booking is essential. 

Please ensure you check whether the event you're booking is in the museum or online.

Please note, due to the ongoing Covid situation, in-person events may need to change to online events at short notice.

Museum opening times: Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Quiet hours Wednesday and Friday 10-11am

For up to date visit information and to book general admission and priority tickets:

www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/visit