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In this blog, Senior Curator of Industrial Heritage Katie Belshaw examines Manchester’s unique relationship with rain, the industries that have been born out of its reputation for precipitation and the scientists whose study of drizzle helped drive their discoveries.

Associate curator at the Science and Industry Museum, Alison Crook, explores the history of cycling in Manchester, delves into our collection to track the history of the two-wheeler, and shines a spotlight in one Manchester inventor who changed the face of cycling forever.

To mark the start of Manchester Science Festival’s programme on climate and ideas for a better world, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham reflects on how Greater Manchester’s vision of becoming carbon-neutral by 2038 will also mean the city is primed to influence future progress and lead the next Industrial Revolution, through a zero-carbon economy.

As the Special Exhibitions Gallery at the museum nears completion, Project Director Anna Hesketh explains how the project’s real beauty lies in the power of combining the original and the modern to pave the way for a sustainable gallery of the future.

Although we’re currently closed, you can still see the amazing 50 Windows of Creativity artwork by scientific artist Kelly Stanford in the café window on Lower Byrom Street until Monday 14 December.

The Science Museum Group and Science and Industry Museum have been announced as one of the 30 creative teams selected to take part on the Festival UK* 2022 R&D (Research and Development) Project, working with an extraordinary group of collaborators from different disciplines and artforms.

The Science and Industry Museum is just full of old stuff, right? Wrong! The stories we tell haven’t finished, so why should our collecting?

We weren’t the only ones cooped up during lockdown. In this blog, Rachel Rimmer, our Conservation and Collections Care Manager, looks at how her team prepared for leaving the collections and objects on their own and how having no visitors brought some unexpected advantages.