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…

Object Journeys and Community on Solid Ground

Guest post from Andrea Winn, Manchester Museum – working on Community Engagement for the Courtyard Project Manchester Museum is a partner in the British Museum’s Object Journeys programme – a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme, in which the British Museum will engage with their local community, regional museums and community partners in the regions…

Big Saturday and Manchester Mega Mela

The Museum’s plans for consultation for our HLF funded Courtyard Project are really stepping up now, with our first weekend of  public consultation about to take place. We’ve been working hard on structuring the questions we want to ask people and creative ways to engage regular visitors and non-visitors in conversations about our redevelopment – …

And so the planning begins…

Now that we are well and truly into our development phase for the Museum’s Courtyard Project, we’ve started to think about what questions we want to ask the public about our redevelopment. It’s really important for us to gauge what interests people – whether it’s temporary exhibition topics or content for our new South Asia…

Volunteer’s Week Celebration

Our volunteers are a huge part of our community at Manchester Museum. They can be seen out on the galleries engaging excited families and behind the scenes, helping us to keep everything in working order. No project at the Museum could go ahead without our volunteers being a central part of it and sharing their…

All Staff Day

Manchester Museum’s all Staff Day for the Courtyard Project

Manchester Museum Celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund Success

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Courtyard Project. The project will transform the Museum with a major two-storey extension, a new main entrance, and much-improved visitor facilities inspired by a new ethos of a ‘museum for life.’ Work will commence in…