15th Nov 2012: Manchester; Nature and museums by Henry McGhie and Manchester History by Dominique Tessier; Music by Kinaesthetic; 7 to 10pm at The Castle Hotel

Henry McGhiie

You are invited to the open event at The Castle Hotel  on the 15th November from 7pm to 10pm to enjoy two talks, some free food and some music.  It is an open door event, no tickets required; just come along, put your feet up and bring your friends.  The talks are as follows:

Museum nature and the nature of museums by Henry McGhie

For over a century, visitors to Manchester museum have learned about natural history by looking at stuffed animals in glass cases arranged by their scientific classification. Many favourites – the tiger, gorilla and polar bear – are still there in a series of 15 themed displays entitled Life, Bodies, Peace, Humans and Disasters.
But some distinctly un-museum like objects have now been added including origami birds, clockwork teeth and neon signs. Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, said “The whole thing had become confused, it was out of date and it was time for a very serious change, insisting the artistic reinvention of the old Animal Life gallery was “far from cosmetic”. Here he gives an informal talk loosely around Living Worlds and how the collection aims to inspire people to think about the past, present and future and understand how we connect with nature…

  • Background to the Manchester Museum
  • Museum nature’ and the point of a museum is?
  • From natural history to human ecology
  • Specimens- documents vs agents for change
  • People power


Manchester History by Dominique Tessier

As a local historian Dominique’s approach to history usually depicts known events, within a local context making references usually left obscure by other historians, and often telling us of relatively unknown men and women in local history. She does this by primarily using unexpected familiar or every day items and objects found in local and international collections.  Founder and curator of Cafe Historique, Dominiqe works with academics and at grassroots level to uncover multi-faceted hidden histories.

Music will be performed by Kinaesthetic

Kinaesthetic are a Manchester based trio who have predominantly spent their time in the studio, but are branching out to play an acoustic set for this, their debut live performance.


The Castle Hotel

66 Oldham Street

Manchester, M4 1LE

0161 237 9485


Eventbrite tickets (thought none required)