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We asked historian Shirin Hirsch from our neighbours, People’s History Museum, to explain the politics of the time around 1830 and why the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway turned out to be such a rebellious and highly charged day.

The buildings of Liverpool Road station are one of the most incredible things about the site on which the Museum of Science and Industry sits—but a huge fire over 150 years ago almost destroyed these historic structures.

Today marks the 40th anniversary since aviator David Cook used his modified Volmer VJ 23E hang-glider, powered by a go-kart engine, to cross the English Channel in 1978. The hang-glider is now part of our collection here at the museum, and to mark the occasion, Assistant Curator Lewis Pollard spoke to David about his historic journey.