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Danger! Men at Work

Danger! Men at Work
8 May - 12 July 2015

A selection of works from the Whitworth’s collection curated by a group of older men from Beechfield Lodge care home in Salford. The group, made up of a retired postal worker, a civil servant, teacher, crane engineer and bus driver worked with curators, conservators and artist Antony Clarkson, to select works from our collections that evoked stories of their lives and explore notions of masculinity, identity and ageing.

Over the last year we have travelled across the UK researching older men’s participation in cultural activity. This display marks the launch of these findings in a publication, funded by the Baring Foundation, designed to support other cultural organisations by providing a foundation for future programmes and methodologies when working with older men. This Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men is available free upon request and downloadable from the Whitworth’s website.

Anchor Housing Trust's Beechfield Lodge in Salford is a trusted provider of residential care for older people, offering specialised services for people with moderate dementia and other needs associated with age. This project is part of our continued partnership with Age Friendly Manchester.

The Collections Centre is a public space where visitors can gain access to our collections more easily. This new space is where we can show, share and care for our important collections – opening them up for research and display in new ways.