The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena, and have inspired countless artists, explorers, philosophers and scientists over the centuries, including Manchester’s own John Dalton.
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.
We see structures transporting electricity across the country every day. But how many of you know what they’re actually called?
How the magnificent John Rylands Library got its electricity is a fascinating look at the growth of 19th century Manchester, early electricity developments, and may even hold lessons for more sustainable power in our future.
Here’s a question you probably haven’t been asked: in a game of museum object charades, how would you act out an ornate 19th century glass lamp shade?
Consultant curator Paul Bonaventura talks about the thinking behind the amazing artworks that were specially commissioned for Electricity: The spark of life.
Years of work by curators, archivists and designers go into making each of our exhibitions a reality—but very few people have the chance to speak to them in person about the ideas behind each show.
We take a look at the work our conservation team did with two of the more unusual objects in our Electricity exhibition, the electric eel and the red phonebox.
Ben Ingham, from power network operator Electricity North West, shares the key innovative kit that keeps power flowing.
To celebrate the 189th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials, let’s take a look at how the names of the engines captured the spirit of the era, and how what you call something continues to shape how we think of the past and the future.