Esme Ward, Director, Manchester Museum

With a mission to build understanding between cultures and a more sustainable world, Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester reopened in February 2023 after a capital (and ethical?) transformation and commitment to become the world’s most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum. Manchester Museum has just been shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024.

In this lecture Esme will draw upon experiences and stories rooted in Manchester, grapple with the complexities and challenges facing ‘encyclopaedic” museums today and reflect on a more open, equitable and values-driven approach to research, care and collections.

The lecture will be from 18.30 – 19.30

Followed by a drinks reception 19.30 – 20.30

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