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Manchester Centre for Archaeology and Egyptology

Students looking at artefacts in Manchester Museum

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.

Young, Rich & Famous

01 October 2019 - 01 January 2020

In this digital age of collecting selfies and more on social media, what does immortality mean? Manchester Museum’s latest installation at Manchester’s Central Library, Young, Rich & Famous challenges us to think of how we will be remembered after death and what we will leave behind. This marks a decade of partnership working between Manch..

Praise In Ink: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy

18:30 - 21:00 14 November 2019

Haji Noor Deen, Master Calligrapher Thurs 14 Nov – FREE ADMISSION Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang is a world-renowned master of Arabic calligraphy. Born in 1963 in Shangdong province, China, he brings an immense learning in traditional thought and Islamic art to a modern audience, juxtaposing them in a new calligraphic style all his own that..

Finds Liaison

10:00 - 15 November 2019

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

Music and Migration - Being Human Festival

16 - 23 November 2019

Visit this family-friendly exhibition of musical instruments and be part of a momentous celebration of Bengali folk music in the North West. The exhibition will recall how singing was of vital importance to Bangladeshi immigrants arriving to work in its mills and factories in the 1950s and 1960s. Young people are particularly welcome to come a..

Music and Migration: Songs Performance

14:00 - 16:00 16 November 2019

Music and Migration: Songs Performance Saturday 16 November 2-4pm Visit the Museum for a celebration of Bengali folk music in the North West. The exhibition will recall how singing was of vital importance to Bangladeshi immigrants arriving to work in its mills and factories in the 1950s and 1960s. Young people are particularly welcome to com..

Uncovering Manchester’s stories with China - Being Human Festival Event

14:00 - 15:30 16 November 2019

Newspapers, archives and gravestones contain hidden stories of Manchester people linked to China. In this talk, come along to hear about a cast of characters from an under-explored side of Manchester’s history. This event is part of the Being Human festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the..

Winter Market at Manchester Museum

17:00 - 21:00 05 December 2019

This Christmas Levenshulme Market is popping up with a special Winter Market at Manchester Museum. We'll be at the Museum on Thursday 5th December, 5-9pm, with a host of beautiful handmade Christmas presents for you to buy. We'll also have a full bar and live music, so please join us and see what kind of fun stuff happens at the Museum at nig..

See, Make and Do at the Museum

09:15 - 10:30 14 December 2019

Sat 14 Dec: 9.15am-10.30am See, Make and Do at the Museum: 9.15-10.30am Join us for our early openings at the Museum aimed at children who have autism and other needs, along with their families and carers, and siblings. Activities take place before the Museum opens to the general public and there is a quiet room available. See objects, do act..

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