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Wednesday 6 July 2011

Manchester Museum have updated us with a list of some of the fantastic events and exhibitions they will be having throughout the rest of the year. We've highlighted all the biodiversity themed events below and on our events page. To find out what the else the museum has in store for the rest of 2011 head over to their official site.

We are ExtInked - Until 13 November 2011

100 endangered species, 100 original illustrations and 100 tattooed ambassadors are brought together for a unique social experiment in arts and ecology.

One hundred drawings of endangered British species, created by artist Jai Redman from artist group Ultimate Holding Company, were permanently tattooed onto volunteers in a continuous three-day public event. The result of this unique performance was an army of ambassadors for threatened and rare birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, plants and fungi from around the UK. All of the 100 tattooed volunteers had a unique and life changing encounter with contemporary art and ecology, each adopted the role of 'ambassador' for their species, raising money and awareness for the conservation partners and promoting education about changing ecologies and species loss. This exhibition documents the extInked project from its inception in 2009, to the current work of the 100 ambassadors and ties in with the Museum’s new Living Worlds gallery.

ExtInked is in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society, Buglife (The Invertebrate Conservation Trust) and The People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Anatomy Projects and made possible through the financial support of MIRIAD.

Free entry!

The Museum Allotment - Until November 2011

Get your hands dirty and help grow food in The Museum Allotment. The allotment has been inspired by the Museum’s new Living Worlds gallery which explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make (such as growing our own food).

The project is all about sharing skills and a love of the outdoors. The Museum has also unearthed all sorts of extraordinary related objects – from a 17th century watering can and dried pea plants found on the banks of the River Mersey to ancient Egyptian farming tools and a wide range of garden insects. In the allotment shed you can find out about other local gardening and food projects and let the Museum know what you think.

Entry is Free! 

Living Worlds

See natural history as you’ve never seen it before in The Manchester Museum’s new Living Worlds gallery. Through displays designed with the help of fashion events company villa eugénie and an accompanying smartphone app, Living Worlds explores the connections between all living things and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

Thought-provoking displays explore a range of topics including nature and different human attitudes towards plants and animals, supporting and encouraging visitors to make positive choices – small or large – and to get involved in shaping a future that’s better for themselves, future generations and the environment.

Living Worlds has been funded by the NWDA and The DCMS Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund. For more information, visit the Living Worlds Website

Entry is free!

Summer Holidays: The Museum Allotment  - Monday 25 July-Friday 26 August, 11am-4pm

A summer of activities linked to The Museum Allotment including pot decorating, vegetable printing and making bug homes. Our allotment has been inspired by our new Living Worlds gallery which explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make. One of the choices we can make is to grow food – on our windowsills, in our gardens, in our schools or in an allotment.

Most activities are free and drop-in, though some activities may need to be booked on the day and may cost up to £1.50. All ages welcome!

Big Saturday: The Museum Allotment - Saturday 6 August, 11am-4pm

Come along and learn what veg you can grow, take part in art and craft and get your hands dirty on our allotment.

Most activities will be free and drop-in, though some may need to be booked on the day and may cost up to £1.50. All ages welcome!

Tours of the Vivarium - Every Tuesday & Thursday, 12-1pm

Zoology students from The University of Manchester will share their knowledge of the animals and highlight the conservation and education work that the Museum and University does.

Tours are free and open to anyone 13 year old or older. They are also available in Spanish and French! Book a place by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Monday 21 March 2011

The wait is over!

Manchester Museum will be opening its brand new Living Worlds exhibition on Thursday 14 April. Featuring beautiful new displays (created with the help of European art and fashion show producer, Villa Eugénie) Living Worlds explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

To coincide with this, the Museum will also be running a fantastic competition that gives you a chance to Meet Steve Backshall, the presenter of the BBC's Deadly 60 program AND have your own display in the Living Worlds gallery. All you need to do is send in your best idea on how to make our world a better place for nature. This can be a drawing, a poem, a sculpture, anything! Let your imagination run riot!

You will need to have your entry with the Museum by no later than Wednesday 30 March (contact details below) and winners will be announced the following week. Make sure to include your contact details with your entry. Best of luck!

Entries must be sent to: Eco-invention competition, The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Living Planet*

Over a century ago, the Manchester Museum was opened to "present the truths of natural history". Now, it is the third largest natural history museum in the UK, with collections from all over the world, collected over three centuries. Our natural history galleries have always been extremely popular with visitors and have been changed approximately once every twenty years. We are currently in the process of developing a new gallery, Living Planet, which will open in April 2011. This will replace the old Animal Life 1 (Mammals) gallery.

Our old gallery presented a view of nature that was very static and unchanging. Mammals were displayed in one gallery; birds and invertebrates were totally separate and displayed in another gallery. Living Planet will be completely different. It will work with the existing fabric of the building - which is listed - and present a new and greatly improved display. We are working with a leading design company, Villa Eugenie, to produce a gallery that is spectacular, beautiful and thought-provoking, based on our wonderful collections.

The display will emphasise the connections between living things - including us - and the consequences of the choices we make. Very importantly, we want to encourage people to make positive choices. This isn't about preaching sustainability to people - it's about encouraging visitors to get involved in shaping a future that is better for themselves, for future generations and for the environment.

Many people already make positive choices and we want to encourage them to continue to do so and to show them other things they might want to do. We want visitors to leave the museum intrigued, inspired and excited; we want them to know how they can get involved and to be aware of the power of their individual choices.

To find out more about Living Planet email Henry on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the official website!

*Written and provided by Henry McGhie, Head of Natural Environments and Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum.