Posted by: henrymcghie | May 21, 2016

‘Climate Control’ events for May

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Our Climate Control exhibitions are now open, accompanied by LOTS to do. The exhibitions explore the idea that we can’t change the past but we can change the future, give people lots of opportunities to share what matters to them, and to find out 10 ways to make a difference. There’ll be lots more to follow on this, but for now the main thing to let you know is the events that are coming up over the next week or so.

Big Saturday: Rainforest

Saturday 28 May


A day bursting with hands-on craft and art activities for all the family. Find out what life is like in the Rainforest. Discover the incredible diversity of life as you see some of the insects and animals from the Museum’s collection. You can also find out more about some of the Museum’s live animals. Meet experts and discover more about the Vivarium’s conservation work.

The Urban Naturalist

Sunday 29 May


Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep. Identification of our native amphibians and an introduction to surveying. Most people think they can identify a common frog…but would you be sure it’s not a common toad? Do you know the difference between a smooth newt and palmate newt and would you confidently be able to identify a great crested newt? This workshop will explain how to identify the five amphibian species which are common in the North West. It will also include a brief overview of the lifecycle of each species, their habitat requirements and how to survey for them. If you know where to look for amphibians they are fairly easy to see, so if you’d like to find these spectacular animals for yourself this event is for you. The workshop will be led by David Orchard who has worked with the conservation of amphibians locally for over 20 years. The Urban Naturalist is part of Museum Meets, The Manchester Museum’s year round programme for adults.

Book online at or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults


Marvellous Moths

Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June


Be inspired by the story of Manchester’s peppered moth in the Museum’s newly opened Climate Control exhibition, and explore the idea that we can’t change the past but we can change the future.  Join us to create a growing art installation of peppered moths.

Drop-in, free, all ages

Family Friendly Film Screening of Ice Age

Friday 3 June


Enjoy a family friendly film screening of Ice Age to celebrate two of our current exhibitions – Humans in Ancient Britain: Rediscovering Neanderthals and Climate Control. Book online at or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults


Climate Control Film Festival

Sunday 5 June, Sunday 3 July, Sunday 7 August and Sunday 4 September

Climate has been represented in many different ways in films – join Manchester Museum and the Centre for History Science, Technology and Medicine for a festival of climate control films ranging from the Grapes of Wrath, the Day After Tomorrow, to Frozen and the Island President.

Book online at or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults


Manchester and the Peppered Moth

Saturday 11 June


Genetics expert Laurence Cook and Head of Collections Henry McGhie will talk about the evolution of the Peppered Moth and its strong links to Manchester’s history and development. Part of the Museum’s Climate Control Season.

Book online at or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults

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