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‘Groundbreaking’ new wildlife exhibition to open at Manchester Museum

'Wild' will look at how people are "creating, rebuilding, and repairing" connections with nature.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 30th May 2024

A new exhibition exploring our relationship with the natural world is opening at Manchester Museum next week.

Ready to take a trip to some of the world’s wildest places, all without having to leave Manchester?

If you answered yes to that, then you’ll definitely want to get yourself down to the Manchester Museum next week, as there’s a groundbreaking new exhibition called Wild opening at the city centre-based museum to coincide with World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June.

Not only will it explore our relationship with the world around us, but it will also look at how people are creating, rebuilding, and repairing connections with nature, and how the natural world has traditionally been presented and idealised through Western art, as well as looking at some unique approaches to environmental recovery too.

The exhibition will also crucially look at how we can tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis by making the world more wild.


Visitors will be introduced to five remote – or, should we say, ‘wild’ – places across the globe, and hear from a diverse range of voices to discover how they’re all looking to ‘wild’ for a more positive future.

Featuring an immersive installation, audio, film, and interactive elements, alongside natural history collections and artworks, the exhibition will be encouraging visitors to notice the biodiversity and heritage of wild places, and invite people to question relationships with the natural world. 


Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran, and Yellowstone National Park in the US state of Wyoming, are just a couple of the places featured.

Wild aims to provide hope in the face of a situation that often leaves many of us feeling pessimistic,” explained David Gelsthorpe, who is the Curator of Earth Science Collections.

“The exhibition highlights work being done by communities right now, to build stronger relationships with nature and shape their world for the better, and aims to encourage everyone to see that they can make a difference, no matter how big or small.”

The exhibition is opening at Manchester Museum to coincide with World Environment Day / Credit: Chris Bull (via Manchester Museum)

Mr Gelsthorpe says the exhibition is as “relevant” for local families in Manchester as it is for researchers and policy-makers.

“The ultimate goal is to “ask the public what kind of world we want to live in, and what we’re willing to do to realise that vision,” he concluded.

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Wild opens to the public on Wednesday 5 June, and will be at Manchester Museum right through until June 2025.

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