Museum Collections (119 total)

Use this list to explore the collections, archive and historical events of the the Manchester Art Museum.

‘Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester’ exhibition

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‘Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester’ exhibition, 2013

When the Manchester Art Museum closed in 1953, its collections were absorbed into the holdings of Manchester City Galleries. For decades, this…

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2 & 4 Rolleston Street, Ancoats

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2 & 4 Rolleston Street, Ancoats, 1896

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A Rest by the Way

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A Rest by the Way, George Shalders, 1870

Described in the Manchester Art Museum catalogue as 'an extremely pleasant pastoral scene', this is typical of the type of picture intended to both…

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A service in the slums, Central Hall.

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A service in the slums, Central Hall., 1893

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A Siesta in Sunshine

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A Siesta in Sunshine, Rubens Santoro, 1878

This painting is one of two works by Rubens Santoro that were given to the Art Museum by Philip Hamerton who had been brought up Burnley, just 20…

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A sister from Central Hall visiting a house, Methodist Church.

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A sister from Central Hall visiting a house, Methodist Church., 1893

Central Hall, Slum street, Ancoats.

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A Terrier (after Landseer)

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A Terrier (after Landseer), Basil Bradley, 1872

Edwin Landseer's paintings of domestic and wild animals were immensely popular in late Victorian Britain. Basil Bradley was a Manchester-born artist,…

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Ancoats Hall demolished

Ancoats Hall demolished, 1965-04-01

Having fallen into disrepair since the Manchester Art Museum closed down, Ancoats Hall was knocked down as part of the redevelopment of Ancoats in the…

Annual Report, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement , 1908

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1908, Annual Report, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement , 1908, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

The Annual Report for the year ending 30th April 1908, opened with a quotation from the Roman emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius: "Men are born…

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Armchair

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Armchair, c1749

A traditional wooden chair with a rush seat and Derbyshire ladder back: it is typical of the well-made, simple furniture promoted by the Manchester…

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Art Museum Committee established

Art Museum Committee established, 1877-12-01

Thomas Horsfall formed an committee to develop and promote his idea of an art museum for the working people of Manchester, with the support of the…

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Back-to-back houses illustrated from an aerial perspective, c 1850.

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Back-to-back houses illustrated from an aerial perspective, c 1850., 1850c.

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Bertha Hindshaw appointed Curator of the Art Museum

Bertha Hindshaw appointed Curator of the Art Museum, 1912-06-01

Hindshaw worked at the Manchester Art Museum for the next 35 years until her retirement in 1947. The Art Museum never regained its early popularity in…

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Bertha Hindshaw retired from the Manchester Art Museum

Bertha Hindshaw retired from the Manchester Art Museum, 1947-04-01

Hindshaw had been the driving force of the Manchester Art Museum for 35 years, maintaining its work with children and schools throughout two world…

Caroline Street

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Caroline Street, 1890

taken from Sandford Street

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Central Hall

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Central Hall, 1900

Children at Jersey Street

Children in Jersey Dwellings

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Children in Jersey Dwellings, 1893

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Home, Central Hall.

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Home, Central Hall., 1893

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Shelter

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Shelter, 1893

Central Hall

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Common Lodging House

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Common Lodging House, 1897

No. 12 Blossom Street

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Concert Programme, 1903

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1903, Concert Programme, 1903

The Choral Society of the Art Museum mounted a regular programme of concerts at Ancoats Hall, including works from the classical repertoire such…

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Contents of the Art Museum Rearranged

Contents of the Art Museum Rearranged, 1909-01-01

John Howard Whitehouse, Warden of the University Settlement, oversaw the rearrangement of many of the displays, including the Children's Room and the…

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Description of the Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

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1908, Description of the Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement Annual Report

This information was provided in the Annual Reports which contained detailed accounts of the combined activities of the Manchester Art Museum and…

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Facade of The Doge's Palace, Venice. Head of Adam

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Facade of The Doge's Palace, Venice. Head of Adam, John Ruskin, c1845

Ruskin made numerous watercolour sketches of architectural details for his three volume book, The Stones of Venice (1851-53). When the displays of the…

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Fairbairn's mechanical engineering works, Canal Street

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Fairbairn's mechanical engineering works, Canal Street, H. Milligan, 1853

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Fairbairn’s mechanical engineering works, Canal Street.

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Fairbairn’s mechanical engineering works, Canal Street., H Milligan, 1853

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Faithful Unto Death

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Faithful Unto Death, Edward Poynter, 1865

This painting shows a scene from the destruction of Pompeii in 79 CE. The museum catalogue draws out the individual moral from the historical event:…

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Fawcett Debating Society Programme

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1906-01-01/1906-12-31, Fawcett Debating Society Programme, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

In 1866, Millicent Garrett Fawcett founded a non-violent campaign to achieve women’s suffrage. The Fawcett Society supported the empowerment of…

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Film: Art for All: Exploring the legacies of Thomas Horsfall at Manchester Art Gallery

Film: Art for All: Exploring the legacies of Thomas Horsfall at Manchester Art Gallery, dir. Belle Vue Productions, prod. Belle Vue Productions, University of Manchester, 2014

This short film introduces the exhibition Art for All at Manchester Art Gallery, and explores how the ideas of Thomas Horsfall continue to inform the…

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Film: Horsfalling, 42nd Street, Ancoats

Film: Horsfalling, 42nd Street, Ancoats, dir. Belle Vue Productions, prod. Belle Vue Productions, University of Manchester, 2014

Horsfalling was the name of a creative project produced by 42nd Street and Grizedale Arts in spring 2014. The project took the form of a pop-up shop…

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Highland Drovers Departing for the South

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Highland Drovers Departing for the South, James Henry Watt, ater Edwin Landseer, 1830s

This line engraving is taken from a painting by Edwin Landseer, depicting a group of drovers at the start of their journey from Scotland to livestock…

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Housing Closets

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Housing Closets, H. Entwistle, 1897

2 Stone Street

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Housing Harrison Street

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Housing Harrison Street, 1898

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Housing Harrison Street

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Housing Harrison Street, 1898

Housing Poland Street, Ancoats

Housing Poland Street, Ancoats

Housing Poland Street, Ancoats, Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Archive+, 1897

Photograph taken by city engineers

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats, 1896

Photograph taken by city engineers - HELEN TO ADD DESCRIPTION

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats, City Engineers, 1896

Photograph taken by city engineers

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Illustrations from The Jungle Book

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Illustrations from The Jungle Book, Maurice and Edward Detmold, Macmillan and Co, London, 1903

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling was published in 1894. The moral lessons contained in each of the stories could be used to instruct the children of…

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Invitation to the Women's Club, 1914

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1914, Invitation to the Women's Club, 1914, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

During the early months of the First World War, the University Settlement opened a daily Women's Club to provide support and fellowship. Free access…

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Jersey Dwellings

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Jersey Dwellings, 1897

Women gathered outside the Jersey Dwellings, Ancoats.

Madeline Scott (study for an oil painting)

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Madeline Scott (study for an oil painting), Ford Madox Brown, c1833

This chalk drawing is a study for a portrait of the artist's seven year old daughter, Madeline.

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Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions, 1914-07-28

The years 1914-1918 were difficult for the Manchester Art Museum, with many men away at the front and the disruptions to family and working life

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions, 1939-09-01

As in 1914-1918, Bertha Hindshaw continued the work of the Manchester Art Museum during the hardships of wartime

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement formally amalgamated

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement formally amalgamated, 1901-06-01

The close practical relationship between the two organisations working together in Ancoats Hall led to their amalgamation and joint management by a…

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement separated

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement separated, 1918-06-01

By the end of the war, the two organisations had grown apart. The management of the Manchester Art Museum was taken over by Manchester City Council

Manchester Art Museum closed

Manchester Art Museum closed, 1953-06-01

The collections were transferred to Manchester City Art Gallery and Ancoats Hall was left empty

Manchester Art Museum opened in Ancoats Hall

Manchester Art Museum opened in Ancoats Hall, 1886-06-01

In 1886, the Art Museum Committee took a lease on Ancoats Hall in the heart of industrial Manchester. This was the home of the Manchester Art Museum…

Manchester Art Museum opened in Queens Park Gallery

Manchester Art Museum opened in Queens Park Gallery, 1884-04-01

Initially, the Manchester Art Museum opened in two rooms in the new Queens Park Gallery in north Manchester. Relations between the Art Museum…

Manchester from Belle Vue

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Manchester from Belle Vue, George Danson, 1861

The smoking chimneys of industrial Manchester provide the backdrop to this scene of people arriving at the popular Belle Vue pleasure gardens. The…

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Manchester University Settlement Activities, 1899

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1899, Manchester University Settlement Activities, 1899, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

This page from the 1899 Annual Report of the University Settlement describes the range of activities and support provided for the local community.…

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