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Lewis Pollard

Lewis Pollard is Curator of Television and Broadcast at our sister museum, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

To mark 100 years since the first radio broadcasts by the BBC, and in honour of the opening of the BBC 100 display at the museum, Curator of Television and Broadcast Lewis Pollard reflects on the importance of the BBC in Manchester over the last century.

Did you know that we have one of the original eggs from the Alien movies in our collection? It’s definitely one of the most unusual objects in our collections (which at several million objects is saying something!)

Today marks the 40th anniversary since aviator David Cook used his modified Volmer VJ 23E hang-glider, powered by a go-kart engine, to cross the English Channel in 1978. The hang-glider is now part of our collection here at the museum, and to mark the occasion, Assistant Curator Lewis Pollard spoke to David about his historic journey.