A cultural response to COVID-19
The University’s arts and cultural organisations have responded with great ingenuity to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The ‘new normal’ of exclusively online engagement has necessitated quick shifts towards the digital arena, where Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, Jodrell Bank and the John Rylands Library continue to inspire and enrich audiences. Here’s a quick rundown of what each institution currently has on offer.
Manchester Museum, the UK’s leading university museum, continues to entertain, educate and spark wonder during this challenging time. Its new mobile site, Manchester Museum in Quarantine, allows us to explore Manchester Museum in our own homes. The site features online exhibitions and displays, as well as resources for home educators and families, carers, researchers and more.
In accordance with its mission to use art for wider social benefit, The Whitworth has launched a range of online activities, ideas and resources. Via The Whitworth at Home you can find weekly blogs and podcasts that share insights on the Whitworth’s history, collections and future thinking. There is also a great Instagram series, Atelier at Home, offering ideas on how to encourage children to explore their imaginations with simple materials.
While Jodrell Bank’s public facilities may be temporarily closed, it remains a site of live scientific research. In recent weeks, a wealth of learning resources and activities have been issued on Jodrell Bank’s website. These aim to engage and inspire the public with the science and stories of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Via Science Learning at Home, you can find everything from stargazing tips to guides on making your own planisphere.
The John Rylands Library
The collections housed in the John Rylands Library contain some of the most significant printed books and manuscripts ever produced. Thanks to Manchester Digital Collections, you can explore a number of these online. This innovative platform, built-in collaboration with Cambridge University Library, allows enhanced viewing and manipulation of ultra-high quality images, with a parallel display of text, audio and video content.
We’re very proud of the way Manchester’s cultural institutions have adapted to these unprecedented times. In a period of great challenge, they persist in enriching our city by creating, connecting and inspiring. It’s wonderful to see these valued institutions continue to do what they do best.