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Kate Campbell-Payne

Kate is the Communications Officer at the Science and Industry Museum. She works within both marketing and PR, with a particular passion for social media. Her interests range from canals to quantum physics, and she is queen of the #onthisday tweets on @sim_manchester.

What connects an iconic album cover with an overlooked female scientist? With the opening of our new exhibition, Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records, on 19 June, we tell the story of all those white wavy lines on your Joy Division t-shirt.

What does it take to be a top codebreaker? Observation, deduction, logic and just a little bit of luck. Test your skills with these Top Secret puzzles…

Do you have an interesting story to tell about one of our working standing engines? If so, then we would love to hear from you to help us with our new Power Hall interpretation.

If you are coming to visit us over the next few months, you’re going to notice a lot of changes around the site and especially around the Power Hall building. Our second update looks at another milestone for the restoration of this iconic gallery.

Last September, the museum was thrilled to welcome the iconic Stephenson’s Rocket back to the place where it had worked over 180 years ago. But the time has now come to say goodbye as it continues its tour and moves on to our sister museum, the National Railway Museum in York.

This year’s British Science Week theme is all about journeys, so we spoke to some of our amazing female STEM Ambassadors about their journey to their careers, and asked for some sage advice for anyone who wants to follow in their footsteps.

To get you into the festive mood, here’s a trip into the Science Museum Group collections to find a very random but very *us* 12 Days of Christmas…