What’s on at Manchester Museum in August

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For Adults

English Corner
Tuesday 2 August, 1-2.30pm
Drop in, free, adults
Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Antarctica’s Frozen Seal Mummies and the Spread of Tuberculosis
Friday 5 August, 12-1pm
Adult Event, Free, Book on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648
Join Professor Michael R Zimmerman from Villanova University as he discusses this fascinating area of research.  Tuberculosis is well documented in ancient Egypt, as long ago as 5,000 years but a source of controversy is the presence or absence of the disease in the New World prior to European contact.  Skeletal evidence of the disease in the New World is much more recent, 1,000 year old pre-Columbian Peruvian human remains.  Recent genomic studies of 1,000 year old frozen seal mummies from Antarctica suggest that tuberculosis was spread from Africa to South America by infected seals.

Climate Control – Manchester Museum Movies
The Grapes of Wrath & The Island President
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 August, 2-4pm
Adult Event, Free, Book on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648
A weekend of climate themed screenings at Manchester Museum, with films to suit everyone.  Watch some serious and some not so serious films and documentaries that tackle the issues of a changing climate.
Some screenings might not be suitable for all audiences, please read the provided film specifications for more information.

Finds Liaison
Friday 19 August, 10am – 4pm
Free, drop in, adults

Urban Naturalist: Trees
Sunday 28 August, 2-4pm
Adult Event, Free, Book on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648
Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.
Trees: Their role in urban environments
We all encounter trees in our daily lives but have you ever thought about what they do for you? If you would like to learn more about the role that trees play in urban environments then this is the workshop for you.
City of Trees is a new Greater Manchester-wide movement which aims to plant 3 million trees over the next 20 years. As the team leading the movement, we will be looking at some of our recent tree planting projects, providing an insight into the benefits that trees provide and looking at their influence on air quality, flood risk, city temperatures and more.
This workshop will help you to develop an understanding of what trees do for us and how they are vital in making Manchester a better place to live and work.

For Families

Baby Explorers
Tuesday 2, 16 and 30 August, 10.30 & 11.15am & 11.30am-12.15pm
Baby Explorers is an interactive story and sensory play session. Specially devised stories, inspired by Manchester Museum’s collections, include music, songs, props and real objects, supported by a range of playful sensory resources for babies to explore. Sessions take place in the Nature Discovery gallery, floor 1.
For babies who are not yet walking and their parents, grandparents and carers. Free, book one week in advance on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648 after 2pm

Musical Baby Explorers
Tuesday 2, 16 and 30 August, 1-1.45pm
Live music and songs inspired by the museum’s collections, supported by a range of playful sensory resources for babies to explore. A space to play, share and discover together. Please note that Baby Explorer sessions are approximately 45 minutes long with tidy up time between each session. Sessions take place in the Nature Discovery gallery, floor 1
For babies who are not yet walking and their parents, grandparents and carers. Free, book one week in advance on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648 after 2pm.

Magic Carpet
Friday 26 August, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm
Magic Carpet is an interactive, creative, story making and activity session that forms connections to the Museum’s collections. Stories are specially devised to enable the youngest visitors to explore Manchester Museum’s collections. They include songs, active rhymes and movement and opportunities to discover and handle real museum objects. They are also supported by a range of tactile resources to promote sensory play and exploration. Come along, make new friends, play and explore. Please note that Magic Carpet sessions are approximately 45 minutes long with tidy up time between each session.  Sessions take place in the galleries or the Discovery Centre rooms.
For active toddlers, parents, grandparents and carers. (Younger siblings welcome too) Book one week in advance. on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648 after 2pm.

Autism Friendly Early Opening
Saturday 13 August, 9.15-10.30am
Drop-in, free. Autism Friendly: suitable for children and young people aged 5-16 with a parent or carer and siblings welcome
See, Make and Do at the Museum
Early openings at Manchester Museum aimed at children who have autism and other needs, along with their families and carers, and siblings.
Activities take place before the Museum opens to the general public and there will be a quiet room available too. See objects, do activities and make creations inspired by one of the Museum’s galleries. A different gallery will be open at each early opening.
In August the Living World’s and Nature Discovery Galleries will be open earlier. Come along to enjoy and explore together. Second Saturday of every month.

Big Saturday: I Spy Nature
Saturday 27 August, 11am – 4pm
Drop in, free, families
From minibeasts to mammals, discover more about nature all around you and what you can do to help nature thrive.  Explore the Museum’s Nature Discovery and Living Worlds gallery to spot local and global wildlife. Meet the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust and to find out more about their work.  Get hands on and make creations inspired by nature.  All this and more, something for all the family.

Climate Control – Manchester Museum Movies
ICE AGE : The Meltdown
Saturday 6 August, 11am-1pm
Family Event, Free, Book on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or 0161 275 2648
This is one of a series of weekend of climate themed screenings for families and adults at Manchester Museum, with films to suit everyone.  Watch some serious and some not so serious films and documentaries that tackle the issues of a changing climate.
Some screenings might not be suitable for all audiences, please read the provided film specifications for more information.

Exhibitions

As well as permanent galleries, Manchester Museum has a varied programme of temporary exhibitions.

Climate Control
A long British summer of exhibitions and events at Manchester Museum
We hear about climate change on the news and in the newspapers. Climate change is happening all around us, but this isn’t the time to ignore it, it’s the time to get really, really, creative. Manchester Museum will be staging a series of exhibitions and events for visitors to explore what kind of future they hope for, and what it would take to help make that a reality. A series of exhibitions and events explore the idea that we can’t change the past but we can change the future, and how we can each make a difference to help create the world of our choice.
11 May – 4 September 2016

Take me back to Manchester
In 1872, Maharajah, an Asian Elephant, walked from Edinburgh to his new home in Belle Vue Zoo with his keeper Lorenzo Lawrence. Oliver East, a Manchester-based artist, walked the same route in April 2016, as inspiration for a full-length comic.
1 April 2016 – 1 September 2016

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