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Katie Belshaw

Katie Belshaw is Curator of Industrial Heritage here at the Science and Industry Museum. She looks after the museum’s industry collections and is working on the development of a new gallery about Manchester’s growth into the world’s first modern, industrial city.

Cotton factories, Union Street, Manchester, around 1820

Ancoats in Manchester city centre was recently dubbed one of the hippest places in the world to live, but it hasn’t always been that way. Here, curator Katie Belshaw looks at the area’s industrial past; you know, before it was cool…