We have a fantastic range of unique gifts for Mother’s Day from Botanical Prints to Manchester Bee’s Wax Candles, so why not slip down and treat Mum this year?
The Manchester Museum Shop is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Toymark Award for the second year running. This is awarded by the “Let Toys Be Toys” Campaign and recognises retailers who have made an outstanding contribution to the removal of gender and sexist marketing and labelling of products in their stores. We are amongst exalted company as M&S and Next also won awards!
It’s Fair Trade Weeks so in keeping with the theme we take a look at Manchester Museum Shop and Fair Trade. The shop here has a long history of supporting Fair Trade from the early days of the movement, and achieved Fair Trade Status way back in March 2006 and became one of the earliest exponents in the heritage industry. As such we advised many other Museums as they aspired to the same status, and are proud to have helped in awareness and acceptance in the sector of its message. We continue to stock many innovative and new Fair Trade Ranges. Among the present offer is a range of Fair Trade Jewellery from Just Trade from Ecuador which is made from Tagua Seeds which is known as vegetable ivory as it is an environmental alternative to Ivory. Found naturally in the Amazon and worked by local families it provides income and protects the rain forest. Priced from £20.00, why not take a look?
New sustainable children’s products have arrived this week. Made of responsibly sourced rubber wood by Lanka Kade they retail from £2.50, a green alternative to regular pocket money offers, and the start of a new Eco Friendly child offer to launch the new look blog!3 Mar
Manchester Museum is proud to present our very first children’s book! ‘The Boy Who Really Really Really Loves Lizards‘ is the charming tale of Oliver, his love of all things reptile and a day-trip to a rather familiar location. The book has just been published especially to coincide with the re-opening of our live animals Vivarium.
Author John Hamilton is a local painter and printmaker who exhibits his work across the UK, Europe and in the USA. He recently completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration and this is his first book. John spends much of his spare time at the Vivarium with his son, the real-life Oliver.
The book is now readily available to purchase from the museum shop or online at: http://shop.manchestergalleries.org/the-boy-who-really-really-really-loves-lizards-by-john-hamilton-316-p.asp
We’re getting rather excited about the opening of our new Museum gallery Nature’s Library at the end of this month.
In preparation we thought we’d knock up some fossil cookies, as seen on Martha Stewart’s website using the new plastic bug collection in our shop. Unlike the bugs themselves, our results were delicious.
I am currently working on a series of paper chairs. I am interested in how personal chairs can become over time – almost taking on the characteristics of their owners. Chairs provide a sense of dignity – from hand carved stools in Africa, to thrones in Europe. Conversely, chairs are ubiquitously a part of our public and social lives, bringing humanity together in small groups or en masse.