Museum Collections (17 total)

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

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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Map of Ancoats, 1897

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Map of Ancoats, 1897, Manchester Art Museum Annual Report, 1897, 1897

This map showing the location of the Ancoats Hall was printed on the cover of the early Annual Reports of the Manchester Art Museum. It was…

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Photograph of the Horsfall Museum, Ancoats Hall

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Photograph of the Horsfall Museum, Ancoats Hall, After 1918

In 1918, Manchester Corporation took over the management of the Art Museum, effectively saving it from closure. From 1918 to 1953, the Art Museum…

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Notice of Opening Hours, 1897

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1897, Notice of Opening Hours, 1897, Manchester Art Museum Annual Report

The opening hours of the Art Museum, including evenings and Sunday afternoons, were extremely unusual and reflected Thomas Horsfall's commitment to…

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Photograph of the Nature Study Room, Manchester Art Museum

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Photograph of the Nature Study Room, Manchester Art Museum

The Nature Study Room contained birds in an aviary and plants and flowers on display tables. A puffer fish hanging from the ceiling appears to emerge…

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Photograph of the Lower Corridor in the Art Museum

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Photograph of the Lower Corridor in the Art Museum, 1903

This image of the entrance corridor in the Art Museum shows the turnstile through which visitors passed, although admission to the Museum was free of…

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Photograph of a room in the Art Museum arranged for a lecture

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Photograph of a room in the Art Museum arranged for a lecture, 1903

In this photograph one of the rooms in the Art Museum is arranged for talk or lecture: the moveable screens used to display works of art have made way…

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Photograph of a room in the Art Museum arranged for a social gathering

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Photograph of a room in the Art Museum arranged for a social gathering, 1903

This photograph, probably taken in 1903, shows one of the principal rooms of the Art Museum arranged for a social gathering. Displaying works of art…

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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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Photograph of the Theatre, Manchester Art Museum

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Photograph of the Theatre, Manchester Art Museum, 1920s

A new theatre opened in Ancoats Hall in 1892 to provide better facilities for the popular programme of plays and concerts. This photograph shows a…

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Photograph of the Staircase, Manchester Art Museum

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Photograph of the Staircase, Manchester Art Museum, after 1914

This photograph of the central staircase in the Manchester Art Museum shows the portrait of Thomas Horsfall, painted by Frederick Beaumont in 1914,…

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Photograph of the Manchester Art Museum, Ancoats Hall

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Photograph of the Manchester Art Museum, Ancoats Hall, W Ellis, 1900

In 1868, Ancoats Hall and its surrounding land was bought by the Midland Railway for the new Ancoats railway station, which opened in 1870. In 1886,…

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There Is No Wealth But Life, Annual Report of the Art Museum and University Settlement, 1902

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1902, There Is No Wealth But Life, Annual Report of the Art Museum and University Settlement, 1902, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

The moral and social philosophy John Ruskin was a strong influence on the founders of both the Art Museum and the University Settlement. This quote is…

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Play Ticket

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1909, Play Ticket, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

Admission was free to many of the plays and concerts organised by the Art Museum and University Settlement. Audience members were invited to donate to…

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Programme of Events, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement, 1909

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1909, Programme of Events, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement, 1909, Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement

This little card shows the range of activities organised by the Art Museum and University Settlement during the busy Autumn of 1909. It also provides…

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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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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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