Force of Nature 

Events & Activities in the Museum

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.

Thursday 29 July

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 or carers

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Thursday 5 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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Wednesday 18 August

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

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.

 

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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Thursday 26 August

2-3pm / In the Museum

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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Friday 27 August

1-2pm & 2.45-3.45pm / In the Museum

“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, 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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

26 July to 31 August 2021

Manchester Museum

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, or scan the QR code in our Entrance Hall on arrival when you arrive for a totally roar-some experience.

Friday 30 July

9.45am-12pm

In the museum and Online

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+ and accompanying parents/carers
Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite 

Wednesday 11 August

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

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.

 

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

Spaces are limited 

Booking via Eventbrite

Thursday 19 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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite 

Thursday 26 August

6-7.30pm & 7.30-9pm / In the Museum

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, Anna Phylactic and Liquorice Black set the vibe, bringing some glitz and glamour to the evening!

Cheddar, Anna 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

In the museum

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Wednesday 28 July

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Wednesday 4 August

10.45am-12pm / In the Museum

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, Adults

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

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

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite 

Thursday 26 August

10-11am / In the Museum

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,

Free, Ages 50+, Online sessions via zoom

Spaces are limited

Booking via Eventbrite

Friday 27 August

10-11am / In the Museum

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 with children ages 7 plus with accompanying parents/carers, spaces are limited and booking is essential.

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