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Last September, the museum was thrilled to welcome the iconic Stephenson’s Rocket back to the place where it had worked over 180 years ago. But the time has now come to say goodbye as it continues its tour and moves on to our sister museum, the National Railway Museum in York.

By Aleksandra Besevic and Zakiya Leeming

Sound Tracks at the Science and Industry Museum

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.

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.

Long before this museum stood on the site of Liverpool Road Station there was an “unofficial” museum here displaying some railway treasures.