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Thousands of you have read our blog this year—here's a reminder of some of the most popular posts.

We know you love to see behind the scenes of our collection, and archivist Jan Hicks’ post about the links between designer Peter Saville and the Factory Communications Ltd items held here at the museum was one of the most popular of the year.

Peter Saville designed Hacienda membership cards

Fireman Anthony Dawson’s blog about a day in the life of one of our locomotive firemen tackles the tasks that are necessary to get our locos up and running, from checking the boiler to testing the injector—and even cooking breakfast on a shovel inside the firebox!

Picture of sausages being cooked on a shovel in the boiler of Planet
Breakfast being cooked on the shovel. Image credit: Lee Shaw

Many of you enjoyed our headline immersive event Tape at this year’s Manchester Science Festival, but the big question on everyone’s lips was what did we do with the 330 rolls’ worth of sticky tape—a question we answered here (clue: we didn’t send it for landfill).

Tape being constructed at the Museum of Science and Industry

Another hugely popular event at the festival was Me and My Robot, a collaboration with the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World. The event was a sell-out and 150,000 more people also watched online via Facebook, YouTube and the iPlayer. We looked back at six things we learned about robots.

Finally for our pick, the television presenter and author Gia Milinovich asked “what is a female robot?” It’s a question that tells us more about what it means to be a human than you might think…

What was your favourite blog post this year? What would you like to see our team here at the museum write about next year? Let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear your thoughts.


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