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Events at The Manchester Museum

13 Jun 2012

What if…..Cities were sustainable panel debate (14 June) *  Museum Meets: Urban Naturalist (windowsill gardening) (16 June) * The archaeology of ritual, shrines and sacrifice in Northern Ghana talk (21 June).

What if ... Cities were sustainable
Thursday 14 June, 6-8pm

Drop-in, free, adults

This panel debate is part of The Festival of Transition, a joint project of nef, Transition Network and others - a series of events, talks and walks happening up and down the country, culminating in a nationwide day of action and experimentation on 20-21 June 2012. It’s an opportunity to think positively about how our lives could change as we adapt to the end of cheap fossil fuels, address the threat of runaway climate change and deal with realities of a failed financial system.
What if… Manchester was sustainable?

Once upon a time, Havana, like Manchester, was a city dependent on fossil fuels. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the oil supply rapidly dried up, and almost overnight, Cuba faced a major food and transportation crisis.

Havana by necessity had to make the transition to being a sustainable city. Now, it has almost 200 urban allotments, helping the country to become 90% self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables, and hitchhiking and carpooling are commonplace.

As the oil runs out and we address the threat of climate change, how will Manchester have to change? What does a sustainable Manchester look like - where does its food come from, and how do people get around? Can we learn lessons from Havana?

Museum Meets: Urban Naturalist
Saturday 16 June, 2-4pm
(originally planned for 26 May, but date has changed due to illness)

Book on 0161 275 2648, £3, adults

Windowsill gardening. Runner beans, lettuce and herbs are all plants you can grow on your windowsill - some plants to start growing early and some to grow all the way.  Join our friends from Hulme Community Garden Centre in this practical workshop to find out how to use the light through your window.

Urban Naturalist is a programme of friendly, practical workshops for adults run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

The archaeology of ritual, shrines and sacrifice in Northern Ghana
Thursday 21 June (6-8pm)

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults        

With Timothy Insoll, Professor of Archaeology at The University of Manchester. Tim has carried out field projects among the Tallensi of Northern Ghana and has participated in the Komaland project in Northern Ghana.

Tours of the Vivarium (live animals)
Every Tuesday & Thursday (except school holidays) (12-1pm)

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, 13+

Meet the Museum's live animals and learn about the education and conservation work taking place beyond the displays.


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