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Events at The Manchester Museum

16 May 2012

After Hours – secret gardens in the city (18 May) * Patterns in nature Big Sat (19 May) * Showcase lecture: What is happening behind the hoardings? (23 May).

Friday 18 May (6.30-8.30pm)
After Hours – secret gardens in the city

For our Museums at Night After Hours, we're inviting you to our tranquil secret gardens in the city. Play croquet on our allotment with a glass of pimms, go into our secret gothic tower to see the treasures of our herbarium and discover how nature can make you feel happy. Wander through the meadows of Nature Discovery or make your own herbal pampering potion in Living Worlds.

After Hours are evening social events at The Manchester Museum where you encounter the unexpected. Artists, scientists, filmmakers, writers and musicians animate our collections in special one-off performances.

Drop-in, free, adults

Saturday 19 May (11am-4pm)
Big Saturday: Patterns in nature

In an incredible article published in 1952, Alan Turing suggested that everything from the spots and stripes on animals to the arrangement of pine cones and flowers could be explained by the interactions between two chemicals. Uncover the mystery behind the patterns found in nature and celebrate the first international Fascination of Plants Day with the help of scientists, hands-on plant research and Museum objects. You can get crafty with plant patterns, see how many patterns in nature you can spot around the Museum or watch a family friendly film. You can find out more by visiting our new exhibition - Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma.

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

Wednesday 23 May (3-4.30pm)
Showcase lecture: What is happening behind the hoardings?

With Sam Sportun, The Manchester Museum.

An update on the re-display of the Museum's Ancient Egypt and Archaeology galleries: the challenges and opportunities that the Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment has presented to the collection care team.

Drop-in, free, adults


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