In the first of a series looking at inventions that didn’t quite live up to the hype, Archives Manager Jan Hicks reveals some very fashionable footwear…
Jan Hicks is the Archives Manager here at the Science and Industry Museum.
How the magnificent John Rylands Library got its electricity is a fascinating look at the growth of 19th century Manchester, early electricity developments, and may even hold lessons for more sustainable power in our future.
October 2018 is the 110th anniversary of the Manchester Electrical Exhibition, held at Platt Fields in the Rusholme area of Manchester.
Who knew pylons were so fascinating? Science and Industry Museum Archives Manager Jan Hicks, that’s who…!
On the other side of the AC/DC battle to Ferranti, the Hopkinson brothers’ campaign for a DC supply was most effective in Manchester.
2018 is the Year of Engineering, and what better way to join in than to talk some more about one of Britain’s many great engineers, Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti?
161 years ago, on 26 August 1856, the world’s first synthetic dye was patented by William Henry Perkin, whose archive is now part of our collection.
Here in the museum archive, we’re always happy to hear from people who have interesting documents to add to our collections.
In 2016, the museum commissioned Peter Saville, a designer with strong links to Manchester, to design a range of glassware celebrating Manchester’s three rivers and the dancefloor at the Haçienda.
The first rule of archives? Nobody talks about archives.