Journeys Festival International Takeover

A guest post from Andrea about Journeys Festival,  an event which has helped us to understand more about performance in the Museum – informing the development of the new Performance and Gathering Space in our planned South Asia Gallery. Journeys Festival International celebrates the creative talent of refugee and asylum seeker artists. Building on the…

Memories of Partition

Here’s a guest post from Andrea on our current Memories of Partition exhibition at Manchester Museum. This is one of our recent exhibition developments that will help inform our work towards our new British Museum partnership South Asia Gallery,  part of the Courtyard Project. Memories of Partition The Museums ‘Memories of Partition’ Exhibition opened in…

Museum for Life – Night at the Museum

A guest post from Naomi, our Student Engagement Coordinator, on her consultation with International Students on our developing Museum for Life concept. On Tuesday 19 September, we welcomed over 300 new University of Manchester international postgraduate students to Manchester Museum for Night at the Museum, part of the University of Manchester’s Welcome Week Postgraduate Festival….

Update – Activity Plans, Business Plans and lots of data….

Over the past few months, we’ve been a hive of Courtyard Project activity. Most of our efforts have been focused on starting to consolidate the draft documentation and plans that we need for our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 2 submission – this has included progressing work on our building designs, Activity Plan, Business Plan…

Starting our Investigations…

  A guest post from Sam Johnson, our University of Manchester Client Representative, about the initial ground investigations for the Courtyard Project Investigations at Manchester Museum for the Courtyard Project – we have now completed two site investigations in the courtyard area. Two phases and more than a week’s worth of investigations in the courtyard…

Prehistoric India at Manchester Museum I: Archibald Campbell Carlyle

Originally posted on Ancient Worlds:
Cover design of British Museum occasional paper about the Carlyle collection (1994) Manchester Museum is working on an HLF Courtyard extension project that opens in 2020, and collections curators are looking through their collections for anything that comes from the Indian subcontinent in preparation for the new South Asia Gallery.…

From Fashion Shows to Museum Trucks

As part of our HLF Stage 2 submission for the Courtyard Project, Manchester Museum needs to produce an ‘Activity Plan’ – this is an essential document that sets out how we want to engage the public in 2020 and what we will do in the interim to make those activities a reality. This is a…

India, December 2016

Last December, Stephen Welsh (Curator of Living Cultures) and I went on a research trip to India for the Courtyard Project, focusing on the South Asia Gallery – a partnership gallery with the British Museum. Neither of us had visited India before, although we were familiar with other parts of South Asia. It was an…

British Museum visit

On 6th October, we headed down to the British Museum for one of our first content meetings for the new South Asia Gallery at Manchester Museum. Nick (Director of Manchester Museum), Steve (Curator of Living Cultures) and I met with colleagues at the British Museum for a thought provoking morning of discussion. For the first time…

Bhangracise & South Asia Big Saturday

Guest post from Vicky, our Family Programme Coordinator, all about our recent South Asia Big Saturday – part of our series of consultation events for the new British Museum South Asia partnership gallery at Manchester Museum: ‘South Asian culture is really interesting, I want to learn more!’ Visitor comment On 24 September when visitors entered…

Big Saturday 30th July

A guest post from Kate, Volunteer Coordinator at Manchester Museum, about our Big Saturday held on 30th July. Look out for more consultation events this Autumn, including a Big Saturday dedicated to South Asia on 24th September. On Saturday 30 July, the Learning and Engagement team put their consultation ideas into practice with a day…