To mark International Women in Engineering Day, meet Explainer Team Leader Pippi Carty-Hornsby and find out how she went from making paper dolls houses to building racing cars and working our historic cotton mill machines.
100 years ago, John ‘Jack’ Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown did something no one had done before – they flew non-stop across the Atlantic. But they weren’t the only ones who were trying.
How can useless machines teach us about fundamental laws? And how can cartoonists and Wallace and Gromit inspire future engineers?
Trains changed the world in lots of ways but have you ever thought about how they changed another great Mancunian passion – football?
Can we create a machine to rewind time and retrieve the lost voices of the past? Computing pioneer Charles Babbage thought so.
As we bid farewell to Electricity: The spark of life, Charlotte Cantwell tells us about her experience as one of our fantastic exhibition volunteers.
If you’re heading down to the store you might be looking for lathes, hunting for hydrometers or searching for shuttles, but you might also discover an unexpected slice of history.
We’ve probably all felt the frustration of ordering clothes in ‘our size’ only to find they don’t fit—but can maths help?
Urban legend has it that electricity usage soars during ad breaks and at the end of big football games. But is it true? We investigated…
In the first of a series looking at inventions that didn’t quite live up to the hype, Archives Manager Jan Hicks reveals some very fashionable footwear…