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At the museum

In this section, you’ll get a glimpse behind the scenes of the museum—from a day in the life of a volunteer and team building exercises, to the logistics of decanting our galleries or putting on a late event.

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…

Label of Chattanooga Choo Choo vinyl recording
By Aleksandra Besevic and Zakiya Leeming

Sound Tracks at the Science and Industry Museum

How do you transform history into music? How about engineering into notes or a train whistle into quavers and chords? A creative PhD project in collaboration with the museum is taking a look at how the story of our historic railway can be transformed into rhythm, melody and sound.

Black and white portrait of George Stephenson

If you’ve read any of our Rocket blogs, you’ll already know that Rocket was designed by Robert Stephenson, son of engineer George Stephenson. But who exactly were they? What made them tick, and how did they rise to the heights that they did?

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