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
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 Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, said “The whole thing had become confused, it was out of date and it was time for a very serious change, insisting the artistic reinvention of the old Animal Life gallery was “far from cosmetic”.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