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Communities in Communication

17 July - 21 December 2014

The Middle Ages are commonly seen as a time of widespread ignorance and prejudice, but diversity and multiculturalism are not modern inventions. Perhaps surprisingly, examples can be…

Echo and Narcissus

11 August 2014 - 9 January 2015

Each of the mirrors in this body of work is dedicated to a literary heroine, provoking reflections of the feminine on several, potentially fragmented, levels. The statements etched…

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,…

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…

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…

Migrants in Manchester: An exhibition

18 August - 17 September 2014

Undocumented migrants in the UK are currently the subject of tough government rhetoric and abrasive action, accompanied by a pernicious media debate. Faced by an ongoing and aggressive…

Whitworth Art Gallery closure for major development work

2 September 2013 - 25 October 2014

The Whitworth reopens Autumn 2014. The gallery has now closed in order to carry out major development work, transforming the Gallery into a new 21st century Gallery in the Park, extending…

Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics

24 May - 5 October 2014

This exhibition examines and explores 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 of…

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

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

On Saturdays: 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 Edwardian…

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

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

On Thursdays: 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 to their…

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)…

Pride in the Library

14:00 - 15:00 24 August 2014

Our collections include some surprising insights into LGBT history. Join us to see intriguing examples from our collections.

Origami Animals

13:00 - 16:00 27 August 2014

Thurs 21 Aug & Wed 27 Aug: 1-4pm. Join in and help to create an installation of paper origami animals.

Statistical Models

09:30 27 - 17:00 29 August 2014

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL This course provides a general introduction to analysing data using statistical models. Over three days, participants are guided through the process of defining…

Family Fun Afternoon: Monsters

13:00 - 16:00 28 August 2014

An afternoon of monster themed fun. Come in beastly fancy dress for creative activities and a thrilling story trail. Grumbold our library dragon is looking forward to meeting you!

Rock Drop

14:00 - 15:00 28 August 2014

Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be in the Collections Study Centre once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and fossils.

Explorer tour

15:00 - 16:00 29 August 2014

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

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 29 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like…

Magic Carpet

10:30 - 12:30 29 August 2014

Story making and activity sessions. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings) Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free, under…

Urban Naturalist: Bee walk

14:00 - 16:00 30 August 2014

Manchester is the city of the bees. Join our short walk around the nearby streets to find out more. Bees are industrious pollinators living in a strict social and working hierarchy.…

Roundtable on ‘Fracking: Energy Futures and Vulnerability’

1 September 2014

To be held in September 2014. More information to be available shortly at

Baby Explorers

10:30 - 13:45 2 September 2014

10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm. Sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when…

English Corner

13:00 - 14:30 2 September 2014

1–2.30pm. Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

MAP Guidance Session/ Interviews for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law Oxford and Cambridge

3 September 2014

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is a structured scheme for local post-16 students who meet specific academic and background criteria. The aim of the programme is to support entry…

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