Egypt at the Manchester Museum

Zahed Taj-Eddin’s ‘Shabtis: Suspended Truth’ to feature at Manchester Museum

Responding to the current political debate on the subject of migration, Manchester Museum has commissioned a gallery installation by Syrian-born artist Zahed Taj-Eddin, which reflects on the Museum’s world-class Egyptology collection. Zahed Taj-Eddin was inspired particularly by Manchester Museum’s extensive collection of shabti figurines, which were placed in large numbers in tombs to act as servants for the afterlife. He has previously created 99 faience ceramic ‘Nu’ Shabtis for popular shows at the V&A, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and elsewhere.

Zahed’s new work places a multitude of his ‘Nu’ Shabti figures in new and unexpected contexts, many suspended as if floating in the main Ancient Worlds gallery space. The focus of the installation is to reflect the experience of migrants on a boat travelling across the Mediterranean towards a new existence.
Zahed said: “For this new installation I decided to suspend my ‘Nu’ Shabtis in the Museum

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Posted by: henrymcghie | March 1, 2017

Museum wanderings

Welcome back! Hey guys! I hope you have all have had a fab Christmas, and that exams were not too horrendous! I am currently writing this on the train to Glasgow so I’ll be quick – this is just a s…

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Announcing the first cohort of Creative Climate Leadership participants for 2017 25 Creative Climate Leaders have been selected from 109 applications. Creative Climate Leadership (CCL), a new pan-European programme for artists and cultural professionals exploring the cultural dimensions of climate change, has announced today the names of the 25 participants. 13 of this year’s participants … Read more Creative Climate Leadership Participants March 2017

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Posted by: henrymcghie | March 1, 2017

Extinction or Survival?

At Manchester Museum… Hello everyone! Last week I went to the press release preview of Manchester museum’s new exhibition – ‘Extinction or Survival,’ and it was so goo…

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Posted by: henrymcghie | February 20, 2017

White gulls dependent on ice are disappearing from the Arctic

Melting sea ice may be one of the factors driving ivory gulls to whiter pastures as they search for food

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Posted by: henrymcghie | February 20, 2017

Why Our Connection with Nature Matters

Nature is good for us, but why? There’s plenty of evidence that exposure to nature is good for people’s health, well-being and happiness – with green spaces even promoting pro-social behaviours. Ho…

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Posted by: henrymcghie | February 20, 2017

2017 Global Infectious Diseases Threats to the United States

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases co-Editor-in Chief Peter Hotez predicts the major infections that will threaten the US in the coming year. By the fall of 2015 it was pretty clear that Zika virus infection was going to threaten much of Latin America and the Caribbean, and shortly thereafter I wrote how 2016 would become the year of Zika, highlighting the vulnerability of our US Gulf Coast, Texas and Florida. Insect-transmitted diseases in Texas, Florida, and the US Gulf Coast.  Zika transmission has begun in South Texas and it will likely continue into next year.  Indeed, we have to be alert for the likelihood that Zika transmission will become widespread next summer as Aedes aegypti populations predictably rise again. I also fear that we missed multiple Zika outbreaks in 2016 due to lack of federal funds and active surveillance across the US Gulf Coast.  We won’t know the full extent of the 2016 Zika outbreak until next spring if and when microcephalic babies appear on obstetrical

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Posted by: henrymcghie | February 16, 2017

Recently there have been calls for a petition for a GCSE in Natural History, and today an alert for new research that informs and supports this proposal arrived in my inbox. The paper in Education Sciences explores how connection with nature and scientific knowledge influence pro environmental behaviour – ultimately an essential reason for a GCSE in Natural […]

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Posted by: henrymcghie | November 6, 2016

Extinction or Survival? – The Giant Panda

Manchester Museum’s new exhibition, Extinction or Survival? is now open. Today’s blog is a guest post by Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, taking a closer look a…

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A strong connection with nature lies at the heart of a healthy life and a healthy planet – but how do we increase people’s nature connection? That is my research focus and such increases need to be…

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