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December 14, 2007, 9:07
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This is where you’ll find out about our preparations for the Lindow Man exhibition at The Manchester Museum in April 2008 until March 2009.  We are borrowing him from The British Museum and have been working on this project for over a year.  For those of you who may not know, Lindow Man is the name we give to Britain’s best preserved bog-body. He was found in a peat bog in Cheshire in 1984 and has been on display at The British Museum ever since, except for two previous exhibitions in Manchester and one in Cardiff.


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Things are getting really busy as we lead up to the opening of the Lindow Man exhibition. Yesterday I received a packet of crow feathers from one of the Pagan contributors to the exhibition. A lady who was attending the Lindow Primary School at the time of the discovery of Lindow Man is lending us her Care Bear. It brings back memories of the Lindow Man excavation back in 1984. Exhibits like these, as well as superb Iron Age treasures like the Wandsworth Shield Boss, courtesy of the British Museum, are going to give Manchester Museum’s Lindow Man exhibition a very distinctive, (dare I say unique?) character.

Comment by bryansitch

Saw a life-size model of part of one of the display units in the Lindow Man exhibition yesterday. It has shelves and lighting for the exhibits at various levels so that children and visitors in wheelchairs can access them. The scale of these display units is really quite impressive. We will need them not only for the objects but for a range of supporting material such as sound zones for excerpts from interviews with our seven speakers; books and articles about Lindow Man, as well as the Iron Age and Roman periods; and other interpretation. I need to finalise the list of objects in my section about Lindow Man’s life. Reinterpretation of Lindow Man’s radiocarbon dates puts him in the later 1st century AD so we are displaying a range of Romano-British archaeological material as well as Iron Age exhibits. What changes did the Roman occupation make to Lindow Man’s life practically?

Comment by bryansitch

Just like to say thank you in advance to the British Museum for their loan of Lindow Man. I can’t wait to see the exhibition at Manchester, always a lovely museum to visit with wonderful, exciting and interesting exhibits. How about a terracotta soldier in the future? Thanks. Kath

Comment by Kath Read

A note to commend the Manchester Museum on the level of consultation it has used for this exhibition, engaging with a wide range of people for whom these ancestral remains are of significance, acknowledging social and spiritual values – as well as the archaeological and scientific. This is an example that other museums would be wise to follow, allowing them to be more accountable to the public, and creating exhibitions that are more relevant to and respectful of our changing society. Well done, Manchester.

Comment by Emma Restall orr

In response to Kath Read’s post I just wonder if we should be thanking the British Museum?

After all they’re returning an ‘object’ from the North West to the ‘North West’.

Thanks? I’m not so sure…

Comment by Sophie O

Today’s Blog entry talks about repatriation but to be fair to the British Museum it has lent Lindow Man twice already (in 1987 and 1991) and its curators have been very supportive. So for that, at least personally, I feel it’s right to say thank you.

Comment by bryansitch

This is a university museum that should reflect a high intellectual standard based on current scholarship in its exhibits. A University museum should be more concerned with rigour than with pandering to everybody’s social and spiritual values. It’s hard to see any place for pagan crow feathers in such an exhibit.

Comment by Jamie

I like the 80s nostalgic slant that the museum has taken to advertise the forthcoming Lindow Man exhibit return- I for one identify strongly with the Lindow Man as part of my childhood and he reminds me of when I first visited the Manchester Museum and the special magic it held for me then as an imaginative creative child as opposed to the cynical adult I am today. I remember thinking in my last year of primary school how closely the artist’s impression of Lindow Man resembled my then teacher Mr Martin and felt sure he was the reincarnation! I am looking forward to seeing him again, my old friend.

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