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Manchester Centre for Archaeology and Egyptology

Students looking at artefacts in Manchester Museum


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.


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


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

Red List Insects: Martin Wilson Photo Exhibiton

26 January - 31 July 2019

Join us on Saturday January 26 between 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM for the launch of Martin Wilson's photo exhibition of endangered, threatened and extinct insects, taken from the Manchester Museum collection. See these spectacular creatures in macro scale, 15 times their original size. This will be your first chance to see this exhibition in the Mu..

Difficult Dialogue: Importing International Conflict - After Hours

18:30 - 21:00 21 March 2019

Join the discussion on how international conficts affect us and explore how communities can address division and create understanding, goodwill and harmony. In partnership with #WeStandTogether This event is aimed at adults and is free to drop-in.

The Bureau

19:00 - 20:00 21 March 2019

The Bureau is Manchester Museum's new space for Citizens Action. As part of our Difficult Dialogue After Hours event, pop in between 7-8pm and find out about the The Manchester Together Archive. Meet Dr Kostas Arvanitis (University of Manchester) and Jenny Marsden (Manchester Art Gallery) and find out about the formation and development of the..

Creature Features

10:00 - 16:00 23 March 2019

Creature Features What if wings were where the head should be? What if tentacles were where the feet should be? What if you had a typewriter for a body? Use our collection of curiosities or your imagination to draw a third section of a nonsensical body. Your weird and wonderful creations will be unveiled and displayed hanging from the height..

South Asia Collective - After Hours

18:00 - 21:00 28 March 2019

An evening of art, music and conversation, from the collective at the heart of our new South Asia Gallery. This event is aimed at adults and is free to drop-in.

The Bureau

19:00 - 20:00 28 March 2019

The Bureau is Manchester Museum's new space for Citizens Action. As part of our South Asia Collective After Hours event, Saimah Anwar, Public Health Engagement Coordinator (Manchester) for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust will be talking about Cervical Cancer and screening services. Drop in between 7-8pm for an informal chat with Saimah to find out..

Participatory autism research: Opportunities and challenges

18:00 - 19:00 04 April 2019

Participatory autism research: Opportunities and challenges Thursday 4 April, 6 – 7pm Participatory autism research: Opportunities and challenges In the autism research field, there is growing recognition of the need to conduct research 'with', as opposed to 'on', 'about' or 'for', autistic people and their families (see Pellicano, Charm..

Quiet Night at the Museum - After Hours

18:00 - 21:00 04 April 2019

An opportunity to explore the Museum’s galleries when it’s quieter, away from the normal hustle and bustle of a daytime visit. Taking place in world Autism Awareness Week we particularly want to encourage adults with autism to come and enjoy the museum. If there is anything further we can do to create an environment in which you can enjo..

Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege - After Hours

18:00 - 21:00 11 April 2019

The official opening of the Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege exhibition, developed in collaboration with The Partition Museum in India. This commemorative exhibit gives voice to the untold stories of the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the events surrounding that fateful day in Punjab. In collaboration with The Partition..

Meet the Author Jane Kerr

14:00 - 14:45 19 April 2019

Meet the Author Jane Kerr Fri 19 April 2pm Meet the Author Jane Kerr and find out more about her latest book ‘The Great Animal Escapade.’ Jane will do a reading from the book, and share some insights into writing and her processes for coming up with new ideas for novels. There will be some time for a Q & A. Don’t forget to get your s..

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