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The Manchester Museum's ebulletin for adults.

16 Feb 2009

What's on in February.

Welcome to the Museum's ebulletin for adults. We start 2009 with an exciting event to celebrate Charles Darwin's life and 200th birthday (Big Birthday Bash on 14 February). In April we say goodbye to Lindow Man and open a new Manchester Gallery. Between May and July we will be having an artist in residence living as a hermit in our Gothic tower. Our Darwin festival will continue later in the year with a number of special exhibitions opening between August and October.

If you know anyone who is interested in receiving our enewsletters and finding out more about our activities, click on the 'forward to a friend' button at the top. Alternatively, they can now sign up at:

We hope you will join in our celebrations throughout the year and look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes


Ros Helliwell
The Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum is open daily:

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays: 11am-4pm


Darwin's Big Birthday Bash
Saturday 14 February, 11am-4pm

Celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and take part in this special fun-packed activity day. Find out who Darwin was and what his theory of evolution was all about.

There will be lots of activities to take part in throughout the day, including live performances from Darwin and his Dodo, talks on birds and plants, live South American piñata and music, a recreation of Darwin’s famous ‘worm charming’ experiment on the bassoon and puppet storytelling. There will be craft sessions to make Darwin a giant birthday card and giant tortoise, live science experiments and lots, lots more.

Museum and University experts will be on hand throughout the day to talk about their work on a wide range of subjects from carnivorous plants to dinosaurs and frogs. There will also be opportunities to get up close to specimens that Darwin collected during his famous voyage on the ‘Beagle’.

This event is a taster for the Museum’s ‘Darwin Festival’ which starts in August 2009. To find out more visit:

Lindow Man Mania: Half-term holiday
Monday 16 - Friday 20 February 2009

Come along for a week of Lindow Man-related actvities. Join in a variety of activities taking place on each day including:

  • Mon 16 Feb: Bog SOS
  • Tues 17 Feb: Lindow Man storybook & Forensic science: A bog body mystery
  • Weds 18 Feb: Lindow Man timeline & Iron Age technology
  • Thurs 19 Feb: Lindow Man storybook
  • Fri 20 Feb: Iron Age technology, Bog Baby storytime & Forensic science: A bog body mystery

Don't miss this opportunity to get close to Lindow Man and find out more about him. Our Lindow Man: A bog body mystery exhibition runs until 19 April 2009. Why not take the chance to explore the landscape where Lindow Man was found in our photographic exhibition Lindow Moss: A place of finding (running until 12 July 2009).

To find out more, visit The Manchester Museum

Ideas Cafe: DNA and the modern world
Monday 23 February 6-8pm

Explore how biomolecular science can be used to find out more about the lives of ancient people, with Terry Brown from The University of Manchester.

Book on 0161 275 2648, Free

Further Afield: Poetry in Music
Saturday 14 February 2009, 7.30pm
RNCM, Manchester

Fancy something a little out of the ordinary on 14 February? Manchester Camerata has the answer! The RNCM's concert is packed full of poetry and emotion but without the traditional clichés.

Focussing on the viola, often the butt of orchestral jokes and sometimes seen as the poor relation to the violin, this under-appreciated instrument is given centre stage. The evening's programme will include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Sally Beamish’s Under the Wing of the Rock, Purcell’s Fantasia on One Note, the world premiere of Fantasy for Nonet by Chetham’s student Joe Davies as part of our Composers’ project, and a string orchestra arrangement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet op.11.


We look forward to seeing you soon

The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL