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We take part in events and festivals in the Manchester area. Through our Artefact Talks event series we invite historians, practitioners and artists to present their research around objects in the collection. Everyone is welcome to attend these events.

Current events


A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank Mill, 19 October 2019 - 19 April 2020

The exhibition incorporates research in optometry at The University of Manchester to explore how the workers at Quarry Bank experienced health and illness, accident or injury, pregnancy and childbirth. Objects on loan include a teaching model of a human brain, a Leech Jar and a ceramic inhaler.

Past events


Instrumental Change at the Manchester Central Library, Wednesday 11 December

This one-day pop-up exhibition was organised by MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students, in collaboration with the Museum of Medicine and Health. The exhibition focused on the materiality of medical instruments and how this has changed through time. Exploring key themes of functionality and sustainability, Instrumental Change invited visitors to challenge their own assumptions about the medical world.

Deaf Education and Audiology: a journey through artefacts, archives and creativity at Manchester Central Library, 14 October - 14 December 2019

We loaned our hearing aid collection to this exhibition, which was part of the 100-year anniversary celebrations of deaf education and audiology at The University of Manchester. The exhibition provoked questions around how we understand, collect and communicate D/deafness in a dominant hearing world. It was curated by Dr Jenna C Ashton, Lecturer and Programme Director of Heritage Studies at The University of Manchester.

Charlotte Beswick: Inspiring Futures Blood Sciences

Culture Cure: Late opening at the Science and Industry Museum, 6th March 2019.

Manchester Community Festival at Manchester Museum, 15th June 2019.


Loaned objects to Touchstones Rochdale for their Herbs to Hospitals exhibition, April 2018 – April 2019 

Medical Objects, Human Stories artefact talk, Simon building room 2.57.

Charlotte Beswick: Inspiring Futures, 100 Years of Audiology at the University of Manchester’. 

Enhanced Humans exhibition at Central Library. 

Stall and mini-exhibition at Science Spectacular, 20th October 2018

Community Festival, The University of Manchester, Saturday 16 June 2018

Stealing Smiles: Changes in Dentistry during the 20th Century

Stories of Change: 70 Years of the NHS


Charlotte Beswick Inspiring Futures event


Healing Histories: An Exhibition of Medical Marvels and Curative Curiosities

Bodies, Technologies, Objects

Charlotte Beswick Inspiring Futures event


The Medicine Cabinet, Chetham's Library