Heritage Futures Studio Residency

at Manchester Museum

29th April – 31st July 2019

In its first iteration, the Heritage Futures Studio Residency in Manchester Museum welcomes a growing collection of stories and programme of events. Curated by The University of Manchester’s Institute of Cultural Practices postgraduate students together with researchers from the Green Infrastructure and Health and Wellbeing Influences of an Ageing Population (GHIA) project, we have asked ourselves; who cares for the nature across Greater Manchester and why does it matter that we continue to do so?

Over time the residency will introduce stories from a range of community groups and individuals who actively care for the nature across Greater Manchester. We begin with an insight into the historic importance of green space to Manchester. We then focus on the Friends of Nutsford Vale – a local community group and example of a campaign to save their Vale. Over recent years the Friends of Nutsford Vale have collected a range of artefacts that document how and why they care for its existence. Alongside their story we also introduce the perspective of ‘battle rapping Granny‘ and creative artist Joy France. ‘Ageing playfully‘ Joy uses her creative practice to reflect upon the social value of Langworthy and Clarendon Parks in Salford.

Our aim is to encourage ongoing dialogue and conversation with healthy ageing in urban areas and the health and wellbeing influences connected to caring for nature across Greater Manchester.


Public Events
at Manchester Museum

After Hours Opening Event

Thursday 2nd May 6pm – 9pm

Family Fun Day

Monday 6th May 11am – 4pm

Bug Hotel Workshop with Cleaner Crumpsall and Friends of Nutsford Vale

Seed Planting Workshop with Crumpsall and Cheetham Model Allotments

Artist Residency with Joy France

Manchester Museum

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester
M13 9PL

Museum opening hours: 10am – 5pm