Museums

Archaeology at Manchester is closely linked with the Manchester Museum.

The Manchester Museum offers opportunities for original research undertaken by academics and students on campus, and for engagement with the public through an exciting programme of exhibitions, events and activities.

The Archaeology Gallery showcases a selection from the Museum's 70,000-strong archaeology collection, including Roman inscriptions, ancient Greek artefacts and prehistoric artefacts.

Our collection of around 18,000 objects from ancient Egypt and Sudan is one of the most significant in Europe, and includes material from prehistoric times through to Roman, Christian and Islamic times.

The Numismatic Collection houses 70,000 coins, medals and related material, including ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine. In addition, there are north-west European Iron Age coins, and coins from Parthia, South Asia and China.

Archaeology exhibitions are a popular feature of Manchester Museum's public programme. Over the last ten years, several temporary exhibitions have been shown, including Lindow Man A Bog Body Mystery, Figurines from Koma Land Ghana, Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics, Making Monuments on Rapa Nui, Nature Through Roman Eyes and a UK touring show, Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed.

Blogs

Keep up to date with archaeology-related activities at the Manchester Museum by reading the following blogs:

Events

Find out more about events related to the Manchester Museum and archaeology.

Artist in Residence Beauty and the Beasts: falling in love with insects

11:00 - 16:00 23 October 2020

Artist in Residence Beauty and the Beasts: falling in love with insects Artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz was commissioned by Manchester Museum to create an ‘Insect Hotel’ within the Beauty and the Beasts Exhibition from 28 February – 4 April. Due to the pandemic , Kate was unable to complete her artwork at the museum. Kate will finish her..

Artist in Residence Beauty and the Beasts: falling in love with insects

11:00 - 16:00 24 October 2020

Artist in Residence Beauty and the Beasts: falling in love with insects Artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz was commissioned by Manchester Museum to create an ‘Insect Hotel’ within the Beauty and the Beasts Exhibition from 28 February – 4 April. Due to the pandemic , Kate was unable to complete her artwork at the museum. Kate will finish her..

Artists Talk - Beauty and the Beasts; falling in love with insects

11:00 - 11:30 24 October 2020

Saturday 24 October 11-11.30am Artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz has been commissioned by Manchester Museum to create an ‘Insect Hotel’ in response to our Beauty and the Beasts: Falling in love with insects exhibition. Kate had originally been working in the exhibition space but when the museum closed in March, she had to relocate so has been fi..

See, Make and Do at the Museum - Autism-Friendly

09:15 - 11:15 14 November 2020

Cancelled - Sat 14 November: 9.15-11.15am See, Make and Do at the Museum - Autism-Friendly Join us for early openings at the Museum aimed at children who have autism and other needs, along with their families and carers. See objects, do activities and make creations inspired by one of the Museum’s galleries. In November, we’ll be inspi..

Cancelled Finds Liaison

10:00 - 16:00 20 November 2020

Finds Liaison 10am-1pm and 1.30-4pm Heather Beeton , the Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme will be in Manchester Museum. Come and see her if you have you need to record your find. This includes all archaeological objects found in England and Wales, which date from before 1700. Drop in, free, adults

See, Make and Do at the Museum - Autism-Friendly

09:15 - 11:15 12 December 2020

Cancelled - Sat 12 December: 9.15-11.15am See, Make and Do at the Museum - Autism-Friendly Join us for early openings at the Museum aimed at children who have autism and other needs, along with their families and carers. See objects, do activities and make creations inspired by one of the Museum’s galleries. In December, we’ll be inspi..

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