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The Boy Who Really Really Really Loves Lizards

1 Nov

frog book


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:


New In; Kathryn Partington Jewellery

29 Jun

The Whitworth Art Gallery Shop is pleased to announce the in-store debut of a beautiful new range of jewellery from artist Kathryn Partington.

Kathryn produces one-off wearable items of jewellery by utilising her
background training within the discipline of tableware ceramics & printed
textiles. By combining these skills the application of surface pattern &
ornamentation is explored by using a diverse range of processes and material
manipulation. This leads to a juxtaposition of simple to complex compositions
by placement & layering to form pieces that can be considered as not just items
of jewellery but pieces of art within their own right.

The Ethereal range is inspired by an 1890 Victorian adaptation of a Japanese style tableware pattern, which is symbolic of the dialogue that exists then & now between Eastern & Western ideas of design. Colours are muted, delicate in tone, precious and subtle, informed by characteristics and Kathryn’s interpretation of the Japanese aesthetic.

The range is available  in store now.

Want to find out more? Kathryn Partington’s Website can be found here.

New In; Little Greene Paint Company

1 Jun

 Whitworth Art Gallery shop are pleased to introduce our brand new paint range from Little Greene Paint Company.

The Colours Of England collection is a range of 128 classic and contemporary colours and includes true historic colours authenticated by English Heritage. The Shop Elves are already big fans of the bold 1950s range (‘Citrine’ pictured left) and the classic neutrals of the Victorian selection.

A full selection of tester pots and colour charts are now available instore.

To order or for more information please email

Anyone For Kitchen Scrabble?

10 May

Dictionary not included.

Dinner taking too long? Watched pots never boil, so the Whitworth Shop Elves thought they’d make the wait easier with the new Scrabble kitchen range!

Turn your whole fridge (or any metallic surface)  into a free-range board with official Scrabble fridge magnets, or splash out on the matching tea-towel that features a full-size playing board triple word-scores and all!

Both magnets and tea towels are available now from the Whitworth Art Gallery Shop.

New In: Anouk’s Ark Memory Game!

18 Apr

Manchester Museum Shop is pleased to bring you the fabulous Endangered Species Memory Game from Anouk’s Ark.

This charming hand-illustrated challenge is based around some of the planet’s rarest animals, encourages learning, and is suitable for children and adults from the age of 3 years old.

The game includes the critically endangered Lemur Leaf Frog  a resident of the Museum’s vivarium. Want to sponsor one of these wonderful creatures? The Manchester Museum FrogBlog tells you how!

Student Showcase Now On!

13 Apr

Manchester Museum is very happy to announce our Student Showcase featuring artists from the Manchester College is now on!

You can see the students’ work at The Manchester Museum Shop, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday and Monday and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm. Entry is free, and we are open all Easter!

Find out more about the exhibition here:

Coming Soon: Living Worlds.

11 Apr

Life's what you make it... We’re pleased to announce that Manchester Museum will be re-opening our famous Mammals Gallery in time for Easter!

Re-named ‘Living Worlds’ to reflect our evolving understanding of nature and the issues that life on Earth faces, the gallery has been subject to massive modernisation and improvements.

To celebrate, the Shop Elves have brought in a whole new range of animal-themed goodies to keep the kids entertained over the long break ahead.

Our Tame Shop Tiger!

No room for a full-sized taxidermied tiger? Why not take home our monster cuddly version instead? (pictured) His name is Pete and the Elves promise that he is easy to care for and fully house trained.

Don’t fancy a tiger? Also in the monster size we have Angus the polar bear, and Steve our red-eyed tree frog. All will be available in the shop from Living World’s grand opening on April 14th.

Want to find out more about Living Worlds?

New in; Student Showcase!

7 Apr

The Manchester Museum shop is proud to welcome the debut collection from The Manchester College’s first year Foundation Degree Jewellery and Applied Arts students into the shop this week.

All the pieces have been inspired directly by museum collections from around the UK. All items are handmade in a variety of materials ranging from silver and resin to textiles, plastics and wood.

The showcase is part of the student’s ongoing professional practice portfolio and all the work is available for sale until Monday 9th May.

Want to know more?

New In; Museum Stationary

23 Mar

New Multi-Crayons and Notepads!

After many months of hard design work by our Shop Elves we are pleased to announce that making its debut in the Manchester Museum Shop is our brand new and brightly coloured range of stationary!

As well as old favourites like pencils made from recycled CD cases (80p) and pens (£1) we have shiny new items like the 5-in-1 multi-crayon (£1.50) , a hardback notepad (£1.50) and a pair of very handy fold-out binoculars (£3.99).

All items are available now instore, and also for schools orders via the goodie bag service;


Coming Soon; Vapid Kitten

22 Mar

Crafters of the World Unite...

The Whitworth Art Gallery Shop Elves are pleased to announce that from this week we will be a new outlet for locally produced magazine Vapid Kitten.

The magazine is (in their words) ‘for the lazy feminist’  and designed to provide a platform for female writers and artists to show their work. Each issue is tied together by a loose theme with the current issue, Issue 3 being centred around Craft. The shop will also be stocking Issue 2; Green.


If you can’t make it to the Shop to buy, then Vapid Kitten is also available online for download at