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Events at The Manchester Museum

18 Jan 2011

China talk (Fri 21 Jan), Big fundraiser event with King Tut at Museum of Museums, Trafford Centre (Thurs 27 Jan) and Monsters Big Saturday (29 Jan)

Friday 21 January / 12.30-1.30pm
Confucius Institute China talk
The margins within: what gays and lesbians can tell us about contemporary Chinese society

As westerners have begun to interact with a globalizing China, we have become more curious about what the country is really like. Although we may generally be familiar with the Han people (China’s majority), many of us may not know about the rich complexity of China’s multi-ethnic, multilingual, and multicultural society. And even if we have been lucky enough to hear about the Tibetans, to learn about the Uighurs, or to tour minority areas in the southwest, there are less visible groups we may never encounter but who are a vibrant part of today’s China. In the speakers work with one such group—the gay and lesbian community in Beijing—they have learned that people on the margins of society can teach us a lot about mainstream culture and values.

This talk will focus on the daily lives and experiences of urban Chinese gays and lesbians, discussing what their attempts to fit in, to get away, and also just to have fun can tell us about contemporary Chinese society and culture. Part of our series of monthly talks by The Confucius Institute. linked to our CHINA: JOURNEY TO THE EAST exhibition.

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults and older children


Thursday 27 January / 5pm-midnight
Museums of Museums Night - big fundraiser event with King Tut to raise money for The Manchester Museum’s Ancient Worlds galleries
Museum of Museums, Trafford Centre

Spectacular exhibition, Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, (Museum of Museums, Trafford Centre) will host an extra special event on Thurs 27 Jan 2011, 5-12pm. Museum of Museums Night will celebrate all things Ancient Egyptian to support fundraising for The Manchester Museum’s Ancient Worlds galleries and will offer discounted entry to the exhibition.

The evening will feature guest appearances - including an exclusive book signing by the creator of the acclaimed children’s books, Horrible Histories, Terry Deary, who will sign copies of his books ‘Awful Egyptians’, ‘The Terrible Tomb of Tutankhamun’ and ‘Magic and the Mummy’, music, eye-opener tours, a display of The Manchester Museum’s own artefacts, food and drink plus much more!

There will also be a grand prize draw – offering visitors the chance to win the spectacular book, A Secret Voyage, by world renowned Egyptologist, Dr Zahi Hawass. The stunning collection of photography, history and notes is a limited edition and usually retails at £2,600. Prize draw tokens are available to buy for just £10 at the Tutankhamun box office on the night.

All proceeds go towards fundraising for the Ancient Worlds galleries.

Book online - adults: £8, children: £4, family (2 adults, 2 children): £20, students: £4


Big Saturday
Saturday 29 January / 11am-4pm

The Museum is home to many monsters, from Stan the T.rex, with his bone-crushing bite, to the myths and monsters found on our ancient Greek pots. Meet these and many more monsters and take part in hands-on monster activities.

Most activities are free and drop-in. Some activities may need to be booked on the day and may cost up to £1.50. All ages.