Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

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Manchester Museum is the largest university museum in the UK. It is almost unique among UK university museums in covering both natural sciences and humanities collections disciplines. The Museum's Mission is "As a university museum, the Manchester Museum uses its international collection of human and natural history for enjoyment and inspiration, working with people from all backgrounds to provoke debate and reflection about the past, present and future of the earth and its inhabitants." The collections include 4.8 million objects and specimens; they are global in scope and include many thousands of type specimens (that define species names), enormous data-rich collections that are available for study and for sampling (where appropriate) in zoology, plant sciences, earth sciences, anthropology, Egyptology and archaeology. The Museum forms the basis of c.150 publications each year, and is a vital part of a distributed research infrastructure, as part of the distributed global collection of research-useful material. The collections are typically in the top 2-5 in the UK in a wide range of areas. The collections are a vital tool for understanding both UK, overseas and global dimensions in relation to e.g. the 25 Year Plan for Nature, Convention on Biological Diversity/Aichi targets, Sustainable Development Goals. Collections are heavily researched for e.g. the study of biodiversity, environmental change and evolution over time. Collections include: Zoology- 1 million specimens, especially strong in birds, molluscs, bryozoa, UK and worldwide, including 5,000 types and many historically important specimens Entomology- 2.8 million specimens (1 million UK, 1.8 million worldwide), including 12,000 types Earth sciences- 18,000 minerals, 10,000 rocks, 75,000 fossils, worldwide, especially strong in UK cave material, including 500 types Plant sciences- 750,000 specimens, UK, worldwide, cultivated, including 5,000 types. Numismatics- 76,000 coins, one of the finest collections in the UK; particularly strong on Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian coins Egyptology- 18,000 objects excavated largely by Sir William Flinders Petrie; strengths include objects from Kahun and Gurob, mummy portraits from Hawara and the ‘Tomb of the Two Brothers’ Living Cultures- 22,000 objects from Asia, Africa, Americas and Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand), including 4,000 items relating to worldwide archery


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