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Embroidery workshop

11:00 - 16:00 24 July 2014

Join us for a day of embroidery inspired by the library's wonderful collection of embroidered book bindings. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

From the War of Nature

11 April - 31 August 2014

Manchester Museum new exhibition. Boxing hares, burrowing parasites, baby birds and prowling wolves are just some of the characters appearing in this story of predation, competition,…

Garden Week 21 to 25 July

10:00 21 - 17:00 25 July 2014

Our interactive science show will take place in our beautiful Galaxy Garden. We will be exploring the science behind the garden design, looking at how our universe was born, how it…

Global Explorer

11:00 21 July - 16:00 29 August 2014

Mon 21 Jul - Fri 29 August 2014 11am-4pm Travel the world this summer without leaving Manchester! Go back in time and across the globe. Bring the family and set some Manchester Museum World Records of your own.

Imprinting the Imagination: Northern Renaissance Prints from the Holtorp Collection

8 May - 26 October 2014

Imprinting the Imagination delves into the world of the sixteenth-century printed image. This small but captivating show, including works by artists such as Hans Burgkmair, Albrecht…

The Space Between: exhibition of artworks by Anthony McCarthy

27 February - 3 August 2014

The concept for the exhibition began as artist, Anthony McCarthy, walked along Chapel Street in Salford heading towards Manchester and The John Rylands Library. Armed with pencil,…

Whitworth Art Gallery closure for major development work

2 September 2013 - 25 October 2014

The Whitworth has now closed in order to carry out major development work, transforming the Gallery into a new 21st century Gallery in the Park, extending and doubling the size of the…

Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics

24 May - 5 October 2014

This exhibition will examine and explore how the role of Manchester’s Whitworth Park has changed over time. The displays are the result of a local archaeology project and the myriad…

Whitworth: Past, Present & Future tour - First Saturday of the month

14:00 7 June - 14:00 4 October 2014

On Saturdays: 2 August, 6 September & 4 October, 2 – 3pm *Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East. • Which historic areas of the building are being restored to their former…

Whitworth: Past, Present & Future tour - First Thursday of the month

12:15 5 June - 13:00 2 October 2014

On Thursdays: 7 August, 21 August, 4 September & 2 October, 12.15 – 1pm *Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East. • Which historic areas of the building are being restored…

Wonders of the World

11:00 21 July - 16:00 31 August 2014

Come and get crafty at Manchester Museum this summer. Make junk model creations inspired by the collections 11am-4pm Drop in, free Mon 21 Jul– Sun 3 Aug Archaeology (& Ancient Worlds)…

Archaeology & Play

13:00 - 14:30 25 July 2014

Fri 25 Jul, 1-2.30pm Get to grips with archaeology and discover what it can tell us about play in the past. See and handle some finds from Whitworth Park and enjoy playing with some…

Giving it Wigan: Norman Nicholson at 100

25 July - 14 December 2014

In celebration of writer Norman Nicholson’s centenary, this display draws on the Library’s extensive archive to tell stories of his life and work. Born in Cumbria, Nicholson drew inspiration…

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 25 July 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

Learn together: Make a Fancy Book

11:00 - 15:00 25 July 2014

Learn how to make a book, in the same way hardback books have been made for years, including marbled endpapers. You’ll be amazed at the notebook you’ll take away with you! Suitable…

Magic Carpet

10:30 - 12:30 25 July 2014

Fri 25 July, 10.30-11.30 & 11.30 – 12.30 Story making and activity sessions. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings) Book on 0161…

Explorer tour

15:00 - 16:00 26 July 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Urban Naturalist: Parklife

14:00 - 16:00 26 July 2014

2-4pm. Join Phil Rispin, Curatorial Assistant of Entomology, to find out more about the insects and plant life that has been found at Whitworth Park during previous BioBlitz events…

Urban Naturalist: Parklife

14:00 - 16:00 26 July 2014

Get practical tips on insect identification with Phil Rispin, Curatorial Assistant of Entomology, and find out what you can spot living in your local urban environments. Book on 0161…

Big Telescopes week 28 Jul to 1 Aug

10:00 28 July - 17:00 1 August 2014

Radio telescopes, like the Lovell Telescope are powerful devices that scan the sky collecting radio wave data from objects such as galaxies and stars. Our hands on activities will…

Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

15:00 - 16:00 29 July 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

Under 5’s story time and activities

11:00 - 12:00 30 July 2014

Come and join us for a fun interactive science story session combined with exciting activities and craft - perfect for keeping little ones amused! Cost: free but normal admission applies.…

Whimsical Wednesday: Design and make your own jewellery

11:00 - 13:00 30 July 2014

Hama Bead and Braiding workshop for all ages. Spend some time handcrafting your own necklace or bracelet – a gift or for yourself.

Whimsical Wednesday: Design and make your own jewellery

14:00 - 16:00 30 July 2014

Hama Bead and Braiding workshop for all ages. Spend some time handcrafting your own necklace or bracelet – a gift or for yourself.

The Logic of Real Social-Science Arguments Using NVIVO

10:00 - 16:00 31 July 2014

This workshop enhances your use of computerised qualitative analysis for recognising tensions and contradictions in society. You are enabled to examine power relations, contestation,…

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