Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Sir Kenneth Green Library
All Saints
Greater Manchester
M15 6BH




0161 247 6107

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Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections is a museum, gallery and reading room and is open to the public to browse or research the unique collections, attend an event or to see our exhibitions.

The Special Collections Gallery features 3 exhibitions a year, showcasing our collections and artwork by regional and internationally acclaimed artists. We also have a programme of events each year including talks, workshops and tours.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00
Term Time only:
Thursday 10.00-19.00
Satuday 12.00-16.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission charges

Free Admission

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
"Book cover design by Barnett Freedman"

Image and Word: The Julian Francis Collection of Prints and Illustrated Books

  • 19 January — 27 March 2015 *on now

An exhibition of prints and illustrated books from the collection of Julian Francis and including work by Edward Ardizzone, John Farleigh, Barnett Freedman, Lucian Freud, Eric Gill, Enid Marx, Agnes Miller Parker, John and Paul Nash, John O'Connor, and Eric Ravilious. Also on display will be a selection of material from the artists' archives held at MMU Special Collections, giving further and unique insights into the artistic practices of some of these key figures in British art of the last 100 years.


Poster advertising a sit-in at Manchester Polytechnic around 1970

We Need People Who Can Draw: Instruction and Dissent in the British Art School

  • 20 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 31 July 2015 10am-4pm

This exhibition brings together manifestos and other forms of subversive literature that explore aspects of the history of British art schools since the Second World War. It includes items relating to The Slade School of Fine Art Women's Group, Icteric from King’s College, Durham University’s Fine Art course, the Royal College of Art student journals Ark and Ostrich, and the Hornsey and Guildford sit-ins of 1968 and positions these past episodes of dissent in relation to present concerns in art education in the UK.

Suitable for

  • Any age