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Stanley’s Big Day Out – Sat 25 May – 10am-4pm, Manchester Museum

Stanley’s Big Day Out has been inspired by Stanley, aged 7 who loves dinosaurs. Stanley has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Manchester Museum, home to Stan the T-Rex, has teamed up with Muscular Dystrophy UK to celebrate Stanley’s love of dinosaurs and to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy.

Come along dressed as your favourite dinosaur and get involved in dinosaur arts and crafts, a dinosaur treasure hunt, object handling and lots more.

Join us in our attempt to break the world record for having the most Stanleys gathering all in one place at one time.

If you are called Stan or Stanley and would like to take part in the World Record attempt, register your interest at https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/events/stanleys-big-day-out/

If you’re not called Stan or Stanley, do come along and join in the free family fun!

The Muscular Dystrophy UK team will be on hand to answer any questions and share how people can get involved with the charity.

Posted on behalf of Victoria Grant, Family Programme Coordinator – Manchester Museum Twitter @MMFamilies

Demonstrator Vacancies at Manchester Museum: Paid Positions for PhD Students

Manchester Museum is looking to recruit PhD students to deliver educational sessions for their Secondary (11-16 year olds) and Post-16 (16-18 year olds) programmes. The aim is to utilise PhD student’s expert knowledge to enrich the student experience for our formal school and college visitors and provide PhD students with the confidence and training to share their research in a wider forum.

This will be a paid position for the delivery of education sessions (which includes set-up and clear-away time where applicable) as they are booked by schools and colleges. Delivery of sessions will be on a casual basis depending on demand. Demonstrators will receive full training in communication, facilitation (incl. classroom management) and session-specific skills before being requested to deliver any sessions. Further details of roles, responsibilities and payment will be given on enquiry.

Applicants should:

  • Be able to speak enthusiastically about their subject
  • Be able to communicate complex concepts in an approachable and engaging manner
  • Be interested in inspiring pupils to explore further study
  • Have excellent communication skills, preferably with experience of presenting to secondary or college students
  • Be organised, self-motivated, reliable and keen to work with groups of up to 30 secondary or A-level students
  • Be flexible and able to commit to dates up to one month in advance
  • Have experience in conservation (but not essential)
  • Have some teaching experience (not essential)

Applicants for the Manchester Museum Science Programme should:

  • Be studying a Science subject at PhD level
  • Have a strong subject and practical knowledge in one or more of the following areas: PCR techniques, DNA, molecular biology, biodiversity, or conservation (which would be preferable) a similar subject area
  • Have a passion for museum collections or be excited to work with them

What you will get in return

  • Flexible working hours around your studies to suit you
  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Fantastic public engagement and teaching experience
  • An official letter of recommendation/reference from the museum
  • Skills development – A chance to develop transferable CV skills such as team work and decision making to help with career development

Please apply by completing the online application form via this link the application process is on a rolling basis. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for one of the above role please contact Barinur Rashid, Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Science):
Email: Barinur.rashid@manchester.ac.uk Tel: 0161 306 1764

Call For Action – Heritage Futures

Manchester Museum is looking to support new programmes, projects or events that respond to its new Heritage Futures exhibition and are inviting community groups, creative practitioners and researchers to put forward their ideas.

They are interested in ideas that are original, ambitious in scale, or would allow you to try something new, and are keen to support people or groups who might not have delivered events before. Manchester Museum are looking to support applications that meet the following criteria:

  • Respond to any of the four Heritage Futures themes
  • Reflect their values and ambition to become the UK’s most caring, imaginative and accessible museum
  • Contribute to their vision to build a sustainable future and understanding between cultures

What Manchester Museum are offering:

  • A simple application process with minimal paper work and a speedy response
  • The option to apply for a small grant of up to £1,000 to support the development and delivery of your idea
  • Support from a member of the team to help you to work on your idea and manage the financial side of things

For further information and to apply, visit: https://mmhellofuture.wordpress.com/2019/01/24/a-call-to-action/

We are running a number of Heritage Studio Information Sessions at Manchester Museum. Please feel free to drop by or email anna.bunney@manchester.ac.uk to find out more:

  • Wednesday 13 February: 3-4pm
  • Monday 18 February: 11am-12noon
  • Saturday 9 March: 11am-2pm

Anna Bunney | Engagement Manager (Part-Time) | Manchester Museum | The University of Manchester

Twilight Evening for Researchers

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 5-7.30pm, Manchester Museum

You are invited to a VIP evening in The Study at Manchester Museum, our brand new public research space.

There’ll be wine, nibbles and a chance to see The Study in action with demonstrations of how researchers can use the space – to further your own work, to engage the public or to work with your students.

What is the Study?

Opened in September 2015 by Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of The University of Manchester, The Study is a reworking of the entire top floor of our historic Grade II* – listed building, which has been reimagined as a space designed to spark wonder, curiosity and a passion for research in all our visitors.

Find out how you could use The Study for:

  • Presentations
  • Meetings/ Tutorials/ Seminars
  • Using the collections for teaching/data collection
  • Public engagement
  • Citizen Science projects
  • Studying
  • Socials

RSVP: Book a space via our Eventbrite: www.tinyurl.com/ResearchersMCR