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…
There’s heritage transport, and then there’s Stephenson’s Rocket, built to run on the world’s first inter-city passenger railway.
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.
This year’s British Science Week theme is all about journeys, so we spoke to some of our amazing female STEM Ambassadors about their journey to their careers, and asked for some sage advice for anyone who wants to follow in their footsteps.
We see structures transporting electricity across the country every day. But how many of you know what they’re actually called?
Archivist Jan Shearsmith takes us on another sneak peak into the Science and Industry Museum archives. Here, he discusses how cataloguing descriptions can never quite live up to the experience of finding an unexpected and mysterious collections gem.
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.
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.