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Celebrating 200 years of The University of Manchester

Join us for a series of celebratory events and activities taking place at the Whitworth, to mark The University of Manchester’s bicentenary year.

  • In conversation Sook-Kyung Lee and Gary Younge

    Thursday 6 June, 12pm – 1pm
    Free entry, booking essential
    The Whitworth, Grand Hall

    Book your tickets here

    To celebrate the inauguration of Sook-Kyung Lee as Professor of Curatorial Practices at The University of Manchester. You are invited to an in conversation between Professor Sook-Kyung Lee, Director of the Whitworth and renowned journalist, broadcaster, and author, Professor Gary Younge. Hosted by Dr Edward Wouk, Head of the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices.

  • The Whitworth presents… The Carnival

    Sunday 9 June, 10am – 5pm
    Family Friendly
    Location: The Whitworth

    This June, the Whitworth presents The Carnival, a day of activities celebrating art, culture and our vibrant community, as part of The University of Manchester’s Bicentenary year. The Carnival is a one-day programme of live art performances inside the art gallery and out in its gardens. Including an array of free activities for all ages, music, and street food vendors.

    The sculpture terrace, on Manchester Oxford Road, will be transformed into a carnivalesque experience for one day only.

    Find out more here

  • Manchester Histories: opening night launch party

    Thursday 6 June, 5.45pm – 9pm
    Free, all welcome
    Location: The Whitworth

    The Whitworth hosts a very special Thursday Late, celebrating the launch of Universally Manchester Festival & Manchester Histories Festival 2024.

    Manchester Histories Festival 2024 is a four-day programme from 6-9 June 2024, full of events, including live music, performances, talks, showcases, walking tours, crafts, and more.

    This year, the biennial festival is partnered with The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, both 200 years old in 2024.

    Find out more here

  • Manchester Museum's
    Bloom takeover and pop-up shop

    Saturday, 8 June, 10am–1pm
    Location: Bloom, Gilbert Square, Manchester

    Visit our local neighbours at Manchester Museum for a morning of drop-in, hands-on family craft activities inspired by its blockbuster exhibitions and galleries; the Chinese Cultural Gallery, South Asia Gallery and Wild. 

    The Museum will be celebrating the opening of its Wild exhibition, which will whisk you away to wild places across the globe to explore how people are creating, rebuilding and repairing connections with nature

    Findout more here

  • Universally Manchester Festival

    6-9 June

    See the full list of events taking place as part of Universally Manchester Festival.

    Full details here