Collection Bites

Collection Bites is one of Manchester Museum's adult programmes. This series is part of our Queering Manchester Museum programme in which members of the Museum’s Visitor Team and special guests will discuss how museum collections can be presented and interpreted through different LGBTQ+ experiences.

These are half hour talks, conversations or discussions hosted by Manchester Museum’s Visitor Team, via Zoom, and are free to attend.

Our Visitor Team are on the museum floor with our collections every day, so are perfectly placed to give bite-sized introductions to stories and ideas connected with our collection in friendly and accessible ways.


Zoom link will be sent out to participants booked on, prior to the event


Please book one space per household


We hope you enjoy participating in these online digital events/activities.

This is an adult programme, but the content will be suitable for all ages. However, it is recommended that you check content and appropriateness for your child/children. Parents/guardians have overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of their child/children.

Past talks

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March 2021 - Lesbian Seagulls?

This talk looked at the history of using terms like 'lesbian' and 'gay' to describe animals, focusing on the 1970s study on 'lesbian seagulls', and how this can be reflected in museum natural history displays.

February 2021 - LGBTQ+ identity & belonging

This talk took a look at whose stories museums tell, why representation and belonging is important for LGBTQ+ people, and queering collections and how museums are changing.