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Exhibitions and galleries

We have eight permanent galleries and various exhibition spaces. From interactive family fun to the history of Manchester’s industrial heritage, find out more about the subjects we cover and the objects we display with blog posts from our team and guest authors.

On the 40th anniversary of the release of FAC 49 Little Voices, Archives Manager and curator of Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records Jan Hicks explores the collaborative, cross-pollinating world of Factory Records.

Top Secret exhibition curator Dr Liz Bruton explores the little-known role of women in signals intelligence, from secret codes used by Mary, Queen of Scots, through to women working in cyber security today.

Curator of Engineering Sarah Baines looks back at the history and prior uses of the Lower Campfield Market—otherwise known as our Air and Space Hall—and celebrates the 38 years it has spent delighting visitors as a transport and aviation gallery.

Associate Curator Abigail Wilson takes a look at the items in the Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security exhibition and in our collections that tell the story of Alan Turing’s incredible life and career.

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