Collections in focus

Explore aspects of the collections in greater depth, and find out more about some of our current collections projects.

Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery

Bonbonniere (detail), made in Staffordshire, 1770s
25 March 2007 marked 200 years since the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in Britain. The legacy of this history is all around us, and we have been working with museums and communities across Greater Manchester to uncover some of the hidden stories within our own collections.

Posters from the Empire Marketing Board

John Bull, sons and daughters - The Empire is your garden (detail), 1928
Researching our little-known collection of posters from the Empire Marketing Board.  Produced in the 1920s and '30s, these visually stunning posters present a view of history that raises challenging questions about the legacy of Empire.

Salvaged: Restoring the Sirens and Ulysses

The Sirens and Ulysses by William Etty, 1837 (detail)

Witness the public restoration of William Etty's epic painting, The Sirens and Ulysses. Salvaged goes behind the scenes to explore the conservation of a forgotten masterpiece, not seen on display for over a hundred years.

Permanent galleries

Visitor seated in the 18th century gallery
Three floors and 21 rooms full of art and design. Find out what you can see on any day's visit to the permanent galleries.

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