Posted on February 26, 2016 by David Gelsthorpe
Nothing ever stays the same, things are always changing be it our Museum displays, our cities and towns, or the natural world around us.
The next part of our #MMClimateControl Social Media campaign in the lead up to our Climate Control exhibition is looking at how the world has changed in the past and what changes might look like in the future.
So please help us raise awareness of Climate Change by sharing your pictures and stories of how things have changed over time using #MMClimateControl
Do you remember what Manchester used to be like, or public transport in the 1980S? What were you favorite clothes when you were teenager? What did you think the future would be like when you were a kid?
Harry Braezenor sitting on the Museum’s Sperm Whale 1898 and the Whale today
Museum collections can give us a fantastic glimpse into the past for everything from Ancient Egypt, to 300million year old fossil plants and the humble Peppered Month. We will be exploring some of these stories in the coming weeks and months, so please join in!
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Posted on December 11, 2015 by David Gelsthorpe
We’ve just installed a fantastic new meteorite handling table and video. The objects include pieces of the Moon and Mars which you can actually touch. Paige Tucker has put together a great video of me talking about the meteroites.
This project has been in partnership with colleagues at the Open University and was funded by an EPSRC public engagement grant.
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Posted on August 17, 2015 by David Gelsthorpe
We have a fantastic new Citizen Science project to record our fossils called Reading Nature’s Library!
The idea is to put lots of photographs of our collection online so that anyone can help us record the information. It’s really easy to do and helps make the collection available to everyone. So please have a go! There is a leader board and you can share your images with friends and family. Some are more tricky to read than others, so we have included a help option via social media.
This project has been put together by a brilliant MSc student from the School of Computer Science Rob Dunne. We have a team of volunteers who are working really hard to photograph our fossils and we hope to put other collections online very shortly.
Reading Nature’s Library is part of our new hands on collections gallery The Study which opens in September.
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Posted on March 27, 2015 by David Gelsthorpe
Posted on March 23, 2015 by David Gelsthorpe
Last Friday, we were delighted to welcome an Easter Island statue to Manchester Museum as part of our Making Monuments on Rapa Nui exhibition which opens on the 1st of April. The statue is on loan from the British Museum.
It’s a giant piece of beautiful basalt. Here’s Bryan Sitch, our Curator of Archaeology talking about its arrival:
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Posted on February 9, 2015 by David Gelsthorpe
Posted on December 21, 2014 by David Gelsthorpe