Sketchwalk B (Manchester Museum) – USk Manchester Symposium

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Date(s) - 28/07/2016
11:00 - 13:00

All Saint's Gardens


A – All Saints Gardens
B – Benzie Building
C – Manchester Museum
D – Whitworth Building

Manchester Museum is located a short walk along Oxford Road from All Saints Gardens. Part of the University of Manchester, it displays archaeology, anthropology and natural history collections. It also has the Vivarium with live reptiles and amphibians.

The Museum is housed in a splendid red brick and stone Gothic Revival building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of Manchester Town Hall and the Natural History Museum in London. Unfortunately, the whole building is currently covered in plastic sheeting while the windows are being replaced. However, inside there is a magnificent gallery with a glass roof which is good to sketch, although please note that painting with wet media (water or ink) is not permitted. The Museum is free to enter.

For those who prefer to sketch outside, the façade and inner courtyard of the Whitworth Building is just a few metres further along Oxford Road. There is a grassy area opposite the main gate with a good view of the façade. Through the archway is the Old Quadrangle which is surrounded by very attractive buildings belonging to the University. It’s nice and quiet in here and there are plenty of benches where you can sit and sketch undisturbed.

Contact: Judith Alsop Miles


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