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Whitworth Weekending

2 Aug
Whitworth Weekending
Fri 30 Aug__Sun 1 Sept
Were having a party – please join us
Three extraordinary days in Whitworth Park
Whitworth Weekending will take place in Whitworth Park from Friday 30 August__Sunday 1 September 2013
Friday__30 August
Saturday__31 August
Sunday__1 September
12noon__until late
Whitworth Weekending is a free weekend of art, music and performance for all ages in Whitworth Park. It’s our way of saying thank you to everyone who makes the Whitworth what it is. Celebrate with us the last days of the Whitworth as we know it, before we close to extend and transform the gallery. We re-open in Summer 2014.
The goodbye begins at 4pm on Friday with the best of After Hours and continues with a festival feel on Saturday. The drama and spectacle will come to a head on Saturday evening as the fabric of the building becomes the canvas for the show. As dusk falls on Sunday, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, artists who know Manchester and the Whitworth well, will bring the weekend to a close with Six White Horses, an enchanting and beautiful new work to mark the last moment of this chapter of the Whitworth’s history.

Pufferfish Put A Ring On It

23 Sep

This pattern was created by a small but amorous pufferfish;

Underwater cameras showed that the artist was a small puffer fish who, using only his flapping fin, tirelessly worked day and night to carve the circular ridges. The unlikely artist – best known in Japan as a delicacy, albeit a potentially poisonous one – even takes small shells, cracks them, and lines the inner grooves of his sculpture as if decorating his piece. Further observation revealed that this “mysterious circle” was not just there to make the ocean floor look pretty. Attracted by the grooves and ridges, female puffer fish would find their way along the dark seabed to the male puffer fish where they would mate and lay eggs in the center of the circle. In fact, the scientists observed that the more ridges the circle contained, the more likely it was that the female would mate with the male. The little sea shells weren’t just in vain either. The observers believe that they serve as vital nutrients to the eggs as they hatch, and to the newborns.

The Deep Sea Mystery Circle – a love story

Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma.

9 Feb
The Alan Turning Memorial- Sackville Park, Manchester.

The Alan Turning Memorial- Sackville Park, Manchester.

Opening on 24th March 2012 and inspired by 1950s design, Manchester Museum’s Life’s Enigma exhibition documents Alan Turing’s investigation into one of the great mysteries of nature: how complex shapes and patterns arise from simple balls of cells.

Before the show opens we would like to direct your attention to two things; the first is  the BBC’s Alan Turing page which contains further links and information about his heroic work cracking the Enigma code during World War One.

The other link is to an e-petition asking the UK government to posthumously grant Turing a pardon for his conviction for ‘gross indecency’ with another man in 1952.  Turing’s conviction lead to a ‘chemical castration’ via organo-therapy and two years later he killed himself with cyanide, aged just 41. We’ve signed the petition and hope you will consider doing likewise;  find it here.

Museum Meets…

29 Dec

Looking for something interesting to do in the new year?

Manchester Museum is  playing host to  Tales of the Ancient Nubians; The Story Behind The Grave Secrets Exhibition on Thursday 19 Jan from 6-9pm. Come along to learn how archaeological excavations and modern scientific techniques are helping to reveal more about the lives of the ancient Nubians. Book on: 0161 275 2648

Cost: Free

Thurs 26 Jan/ 6.30-9pm

Find out more at

Merry Christmas One And All

25 Dec

 We hope you have a good one, or at least a better one than this 1946 Housewife…

Photography Goes Wild!

14 Dec

Do you love wildlife and photography?
Live in the UK?
Struggling to find that ultimate treat or special Christmas present?
We might just have the answer …..
A very special weekend spent with two Professional Herpetologists and the opportunity to really develop your photographic skills through personal one to one tuition.

Keeping Kids Quiet With Science.

6 Dec

Looking for ways to fill the Christmas period without resorting to hours in front of the television with a selection box?

May we first guide your attention to the youtube video above that provides ample inspiration for a rainy/snowy day. Diffuse family arguments with the wonders of science!

Secondly, can we direct you to Manchester Museum’s festive opening hours and Family events guide? There’s plenty to do from 11am until 4pm  from 27th to 31st December, and the Shop Elves do get lonesome so come join us!

Not All Taxidermy Likes Cuddles.

17 Nov

The Manchester Science Spectacular!

26 Oct

On Saturday 29 October 2011 (11am – 3pm) the  Whitworth Hall & The Manchester Museum are hosting very special events to coincide with Manchester Science Festival!
Find out why plants don’t fall over, journey through a jet engine, explore the invisible universe, tickle some maggots, and help us hunt for dinosaurs! Over 35 interactive, hands on science activities – fun for all the family. Meet the scientists and engineers behind the amazing research at Manchester. There will be lots of activities suitable for children of all ages, including face painting and lucky science dips, and there’s plenty to keep adults entertained too. 
So bring your mum and dad, bring your kids, bring your friends to this free event. Take part in our fun science challenges and become a Manchester Science Star! 

Full details online at:

Welcome to Freshers Fortnight

14 Sep

Gothenburg, Sweden; checking out the noise coming from his vacationing neighbor’s yard, Per Johansson was rather surprised to find a drunk moose that got stuck in a tree after consuming a few too many fermented apples.

Assisted by police and rescue officials, Johansson successfully freed the inebriated animal by sawing off a few branches.

Still rather worse for wear, the moose stumbled over to Johansson’s garden where it reportedly remains.

Please drink/consume fermented apples sensibly this Freshers Fortnight.