Enquiremanchester’s Weblog

The Manchester Museum is the lead museum in the North West Manchester cluster in a national project about art and learning for engage called ‘enquire’

What’s going on… February 22, 2011

Filed under: News,Research — enquiremanchester @ 1:49 pm

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Hello everyone. My name is Dena Bagi, and I’ve recently taken control of the arty happenings here at Manchester Museum.

I am really excited about the next few months – we have loads going on! Young curators have been let loose on the collection at the Museum, independent creatives will be exploring the Museum with a little inspired guidance and students will be using their creative flair to compare the Whitworth and the Manchester Museum. School groups will also continue to enjoy our varied Secondary Arts Programme.

Curatorially Thinking lets teen curators design exciting exhibitions, and has been up and running since January. The students have been working hard to understand what the Museum does and who it’s here for, and in response have created ways that certain visitors can enjoy or engage with our collection. They have created exhibitions that make the food chain come to life for primary school children and give anthropology students a chance to enjoy some cultural artefacts. Their creations will be on show on the 19th of March during our Big Saturday here at Manchester Museum.

I have uploaded some images of the project…feel free to ask questions and tell us what you think!

I’ll be updating you soon about our work with the Whitworth Art Gallery, where and delivering cross-site art and science sessions.



Recycled paper insects and poetry June 9, 2009

Filed under: Events,News — enquiremanchester @ 10:42 am

What better way to think about what ‘going green’ means to us than by making poetry from recycled words and sticking it onto the back of a recycled paper insect for it to scuttle or flutter away with?  That’s just what we did on Saturday and now here’s our chance to show you what we came up with.

To see more go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enquiremanchester/sets/72157619400699553/

Hear what I had to say following the event on Saturday

Here’s how to make your own recycled insects and recycled poetry:

– have a close look at some insects – find one outside, come and take a look at ours on display at the museum or check our collections pages on the web

– take some recycled paper or card, glue or tape and a pair of scissors and just get experimenting – you might want to make your insect 2D, 3D, big or small

– now for the poetry – scan through your recycled paper (newspapers and magazines are perfect for this) and pull out words that mean something to you and what you’re thinking, or you might just think they sound nice

– then stick your words on the back of your insect however makes you happy

Tip – you can also have fun holding your insect in front of a projector or lamp to make it giant sized