In this blog, Senior Curator of Industrial Heritage Katie Belshaw examines Manchester’s unique relationship with rain, the industries that have been born out of its reputation for precipitation and the scientists whose study of drizzle helped drive their discoveries.
Our collection documents 250 years of discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester and went on to influence the world. In this section of the blog, we want to shine a light upon the achievements and experiences of the people behind those stories.
Associate curator at the Science and Industry Museum, Alison Crook, explores the history of cycling in Manchester, delves into our collection to track the history of the two-wheeler, and shines a spotlight in one Manchester inventor who changed the face of cycling forever.
The Science and Industry Museum is just full of old stuff, right? Wrong! The stories we tell haven’t finished, so why should our collecting?
In 2021, as part of Manchester Science Festival, the Royal Photographic Society will be showcasing the results of its prestigious Science Photographer of the Year competition at the Science and Industry Museum, and we think one historic character from Manchester would certainly approve.
We weren’t the only ones cooped up during lockdown. In this blog, Rachel Rimmer, our Conservation and Collections Care Manager, looks at how her team prepared for leaving the collections and objects on their own and how having no visitors brought some unexpected advantages.
Resident ‘Curator of Sunshine’, Lewis Pollard, takes us on a journey around The Sun to find out how humans have always tried to show how our Solar System works…
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.
Mathematician and writer Jonathan Swinton takes a look at Alan Turing’s personal connections to our collection.