New things to see in 2018

Whether you're looking for a new reason to revisit an old favourite, or you're a new member with days out to plan, we've plenty of new things to discover. Sniff out a new experience in a scent-themed exhibition, find out what the connection is between mummies and a Manchester mansion, or step into a complete industrial community.

Dr Lidija McKnight, Dr Campbell Price and Dr Stephanie Atherton-Woolham, Egyptology experts from Manchester Museum

Unwrap Lyme's connection to ancient Egypt

Some surprising guests have moved in to Lyme's mansion. Until 4 November animal mummies from Manchester Museum are on display in the new exhibition 'Gifts for the Gods' Animal Mummies Revealed' exploring the curious world of animal mummification in ancient Egypt. Delve into Lyme’s Egyptian connections through its intrepid Regency explorer, Thomas Legh and see mummified cats, dogs and crocodiles.

A visitor at Little Moreton Hall smelling dried herbs

There's something in the air at Little Moreton Hall

Go on a sensory exploration of smell from a Tudor point of view in this new exhibition with events and demonstrations throughout the year. The Tudors believed that air was one of the ‘six nonnatural things’; areas of everyday life that you could control in order to stay well. Discover the secret of controlling the four humour’s and how air and smell could could keep you well.

Demonstrator explaining cotton production to visitors in the mill

Clock in to the mill at Quarry Bank

The clanking machinery inside the mill at Quarry Bank is taking a break while something new gets ready to open. From summer 2018 step inside the mill to explore new galleries, discover stories from the past and see the mighty machines in action once again. You can also discover the contrasting lives of the wealthy mill owners in their family home, the child workers living in the Apprentice House or the workers who lived in Styal Village. Landscaped gardens, a restored glasshouse and acres of woodland means there's just as much to explore outdoors as there is indoors.

A farmer at Tatton Park talking to visitors

Dig into Tatton's food story

Discover Tatton's ‘field to fork’ story in a new experience opening this spring. Step into one of the first ever industrial farms where you'll meet the workers and family of Tatton Dale Farm. Find out about the rare animals and see what machinery and special skills they've used over the years to change the way food is brought to our tables.

Visitors browsing a photo of women from history

Women and Power in the North West 

In 2018 we're commemorating 100 years since many women received the vote. Discover the lives, voices and achievements of North West women, who in their own ways, have shaped the special places they lived and worked.