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Author: Steve Slack

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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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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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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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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Turn Sideways in the Wind: Romani Life in Manchester

December 8, 2015 Comments Off on Turn Sideways in the Wind: Romani Life in Manchester

It seems apt that a new, sensitive exhibition exploring the lives of three Romani immigrants should be set in what was the UK’s first free public library.

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The Study at Manchester Museum: Learning, but not as know it

September 26, 2015 Comments Off on The Study at Manchester Museum: Learning, but not as know it

“We’re never not learning.”

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Hearld collection at York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery: redefining how we look at art

August 15, 2015 Comments Off on York Art Gallery: redefining how we look at art

First impressions are important. It’s true for job interviews, dating and visiting museums and galleries.

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