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We love a cup of tea here at the Science and Industry Museum, so we’re really excited at the latest acquisition to our collection: a pyramid teabag making machine from the PG Tips factory in Trafford Park, complete with one of the last boxes of PG Tips pyramid teabags ever made.

The Science and Industry Museum has welcomed the George Cross medal awarded to NHS England in 2021. To mark the occasion, Head Curator Lauren Ryall-Waite looks at Manchester’s historical role in the development of the UK’s public health services, including the NHS itself.

Associate Curator Tom Lean shares some festive reflections on a milestone year for an iconic object.

What connects a lab coat, a loom and the ancestor of modern computers to sci-fi classic, The Matrix? We dive down the rabbit hole to highlight the world-changing collections at the Science and Industry Museum that were part of the creative inspiration for our new neighbour Factory International’s opening show, Free Your Mind.

By Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx

Operation Ouch! Halloween Highlights

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You is the museum’s most outrageous adventure yet. Ahead of 31 October, three famous faces have unveiled the exhibition’s ickiest experiences guaranteed to lift the spirits this Halloween.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, better known as ‘Baby’, we spoke to volunteers Eric Wright and Kira Lee about their time working with an iconic piece of computing history.