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Review: Manchester Museum, Extinction or Survival?

October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Museum, Extinction or Survival?

The first two objects in Manchester Museum’s new exhibition Extinction or Survival? are a model of a dodo and a stuffed panda. One is extinct, of course. And the other has been brought back from the brink of extinction, thanks to the efforts of conservationists across the globe.

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Wonder Materials, glittering graphene, Angela Moore for Museum of Science and Industry

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond at MSI, Manchester

July 26, 2016 Comments Off on Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond at MSI, Manchester

“We are at the dawn of a new age of material science. And we have a whole new Lego set to play with.”

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Women take to the stage at Science in the City festival

July 26, 2016 Comments Off on Women take to the stage at Science in the City festival

Dr Annie Keane writes for Northern Soul about some of the events showcasing women in science taking place at Manchester’s Science in the City Festival.

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The winners of the Wilmot Cup in 1950, Benny Casofsky, Leslie Cohen and Hymie Lurie.

Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

“We tried to make it look like your mum putting on a celebratory show in her living room cabinet,” says Alexandra Cropper, curator of Chess in Shorts – Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

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Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Purring – Sport of The People explores the lost histories of clog fighting. The artist Anna FC Smith writes for Northern Soul about the genesis of the show (currently at The Whitaker in Rossendale) and what visitors can expect. 

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Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I’m standing in woodland near Wakefield, mallet in hand, looking at a piece of stone and wondering what on earth I’m supposed to do with it. It’s not your average Saturday: I’m on a stone-carving course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Fashion on the Ration

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

As I sit and wait for the call to connect with Amanda Mason, the historian behind Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, a new exhibition at The Imperial War Museum North, I wonder what it is about clothing from bygone eras that has piqued our interest.

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People's History Museum

To the Banner Born: Inside the People’s History Museum

March 26, 2016 Comments Off on To the Banner Born: Inside the People’s History Museum

It’s a banner you wouldn’t want to argue with.

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A cartoon from the museum's exhibition

Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

February 5, 2016 Comments Off on Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

Like many people I have, as they say, a bit of Jewish blood in me. As such, I’ve grown increasingly curious about this part of my heritage.

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Amphora with Peacocks (about 1888-1898) by William De Morgan, painted Halsey Ralph Ricardo

From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

A new exhibition in Sheffield brings together old and new artworks to explore the world of John Ruskin. Do modern artists have just as much to say about the role of creating beautiful things as the Victorians did?

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