Manchester Museum – A Design Kaleidoscope
Manchester Museum is a long standing museum, it’s origins lie within the collection of John Leigh Phillips. The Manchester born collector-manufacturer died in 1814 and his collection was purchased and the Manchester Natural History Society begun. The Manchester Museum was formed, as it is now, when the collection was commuted to Owens College (now the University of Manchester) and the great architect Alfred Waterhouse was commissioned to design the museum building. Alfred Waterhouse was pretty prolific in himself and to quote a few, credited in designing Manchester Town Hall and rebuilding Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
We were bowled over by how the modern design and high impact displays presenting the Animals collection, plaster-casts from Pompeii and beautiful origami cranes sit so well together. In reality, the exhibits and their presentation lend us to slowly digest what the content is both asking and telling, you, the visitor at the same time. The conclusion: the complex dance we as humans play with our planet and our morality where the exhibits guide us by title – life, bodies, resources and more. When walking through the Once Upon A Time art-meets-exhibit you feel like part of an old fashioned pop-up story-book. Both, most certainly felt like the most creative use of museum space we’ve ever seen.
So, go to Manchester Museum! Get swept away by the Victorian architecture juxtaposed by modern design. It’s got a live vivarium and is currently running the Memories of Partition exhibition. You’ll walk away refreshed by curiosity.