Archive for April, 2019

Tameside Museums and Galleries

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Tameside Museums and Galleries are part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group and provide visitors with the chance to learn about Tameside’s fascinating history and industrial heritage. Their sites include the Portland Basin Museum, the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, and the Central Art Gallery.

Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

MMU’s special collections are central to the artistic culture and teaching of the faculty and have been since its foundation as the Manchester School of Art in 1853. The collection holds a great range of unique source material held at the Sir Kenneth Green Library, including: the Children’s Book Collection; the Manchester School of Art Collection; the Manchester Society of Architects’ Library; the Mary Butcher Collection of Baxter Prints; the Poster Collection; the Schmoller Collection of Decorated Papers; and Victorian Ephemera. The North West Film Archive preserves the history of the region in moving pictures.

Manx National Heritage

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Manx National Heritage is the trading name of the Manx Museum and National Trust. They take the lead in protecting, conserving, making available and celebrating the Island’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations, whilst contributing to the Island’s prosperity and quality of life.

National Football Museum

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The National Football Museum looks after football’s past, present and future. It explains how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life. It also aims to explain why England is the home of football, the birthplace of the world’s most popular sport.

Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust is an independent charity established in 1987 to champion the incredible history of Macclesfield and the surrounding area through its collections and museums, which include The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill, West Park Museum, and The Old Sunday School. Their mission is to celebrate and share the extraordinary story of Macclesfield; a story of creativity, industry and enterprise.

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the country and provides an award-winning programme of events, temporary exhibitions, and regular free family-friendly craft activities throughout the year. It is now managed by Culture Warrington which was formed in 2012, and delivers the ever-popular Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the ruins of an Abbey, 12th century undercroft, and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The new museum displays thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher.

NEWS: The Prince of Wales Opens Lakeland Arts New Windermere Jetty Museum

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
HRH The Prince of Wales is welcomed onboard Osprey by John Eaton, David Dunlop, Paul Pearson and Ian Shirra at Windermere Jetty. Photo Jan Chlebik

After an extensive £20 million development project by Lakeland Arts, the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories finally opened to the public earlier this year on the 23 March.  Following its public opening, a visit from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, gave the museum a Royal seal of approval as he toured new building with Lakeland Arts staff on 8 April.

The Windermere Jetty sits on the site of a former sand and gravel wharf dock, and the historic boat
museum that George Pattinson opened in 1977. Visitors will see boats on water in the Boathouse, and out on the lake itself and in the exhibition galleries. The Sir John Fisher Foundation Conservation Workshop is open, enabling visitors to see live conservation of the boats as they are restored and repaired to go back on the water or on display.
The museum continues traditional boat-building skills here and will involve apprentices, trainees and young people in keeping a traditional industry alive. Through the learning and skills development programme, science, engineering and ecology will meet the arts and culture to explore the collection and the site’s beautiful surrounding landscape. The museum includes the Wolfson Learning Centre, shop, lakeside café and temporary, as well as permanent exhibition spaces. Lakeland Arts took over the old museum in 2007, after it had closed the previous year. Eleven of the boats were allocated to Lakeland Arts by HM Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme and the rest of the historic boats and a wealth of other objects were transferred from the Windermere Nautical Trust.

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass 2019-2020

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Are you an accredited Museum? Are you part of the Northern Museums Volunteer Pass scheme?

Led by Museum Development teams in the North West, the North East and Yorkshire, the
The Northern Museum Volunteer Pass Scheme is one of the largest schemes in England. Open to all accredited museums – or those who have received official recognition of working towards accreditation, in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside region – this Pass allows volunteers FREE entry and/or additional benefits (as listed) at participating museums in Yorkshire and Humberside, North East and North West regions.

Details of participating museums can be found in the brochure which you can download here.

To discuss the possibilities of your organisation joining the scheme, contact Alexander Bird at Museum Development North West – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk