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.
You’ve heard about it raining cats and dogs, but a levitating frog? If you’ve been to see our new exhibition Electricity: The spark of life, you may well have seen a video featuring a frog suspended in space. And you may well be wondering what artist John Gerrard was thinking when he created his levitating frog. Let us explain.
Electricity. It is central to our existence. We use it without thinking about it, and only notice it when it is not there.
Ben Ingham, from power network operator Electricity North West, shares the key innovative kit that keeps power flowing.
October 2018 is the 110th anniversary of the Manchester Electrical Exhibition, held at Platt Fields in the Rusholme area of Manchester.