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Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is devoted to inspiring our visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond.

It’s a story that we’re uniquely placed to tell—on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city, today alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology.

Opened in 1969, the North Western Museum of Science and Industry quickly outgrew its temporary premises on Grosvenor Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock. When Liverpool Road Station closed in 1975, Greater Manchester Council agreed to purchase it to become the museum’s new home.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group (SMG).

SMG is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media, throughout which the common bond is human ingenuity.

Its collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change since the 18th century.

As well as this museum, SMG incorporates:

  • the Science Museum, its library and archive and the Wellcome Collection of the History of Medicine in London
  • the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford
  • the National Railway Museum in York and its sister Locomotion site in Shildon
  • major collections stores at Wroughton in Wiltshire and Blythe House in London

Read about the Science Museum Group’s public task on the SMG Public Sector Information page.

Chopra will create Blackening: 3157—a one-off, 48-hour performance based around one of the museum’s most iconic steam locomotives, taking influence from that engine’s own story and the role that railways played in the Partition of India, 70 years ago.

Well known for these long-duration improvised performance pieces, Chopra’s work will include changing, costumed personas; a live soundscape from DJ Masta Justy; and a large scale, charcoal drawing that will take shape throughout the weekend. The performance marks Chopra’s return to Manchester after his piece Coal on Cotton at The Whitworth in 2013 (pictured below).

The Museum of Science and Industry would like to thank Bernie Lyons of Platinum Leaf Coaching Ltd for mentoring services provided through the mentoring programme run by Business in the Arts.

The Museum of Science and Industry has a programme of interactive shows, workshops and other learning activities from Early Years through to Key Stages 1–3.

We also manage the regional STEM Ambassador Hub on behalf of STEM Learning, providing both schools and non-school groups with free access to STEM Ambassador volunteers from a wide variety of STEM backgrounds and careers, as well as other free resources, events and activities for teachers and schools/groups.

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Q Cancellation of Service

Should cancellation of an Event or Exhibition (or any part of it), be necessary we will attempt to contact you (by email to the email address provided in your order) in advance to arrange substitute tickets. Please check your email inbox before travelling to the Museum to avoid an unnecessary journey should an Event or Exhibition be cancelled.

Q Cost of Service

Notes to editors
A press preview for Power Up! will take place at 09.00 on Friday 11 August 2017. If you wish to reserve a place, or for more information, please contact Kat Dibbits, Press and PR Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry, on 0161 606 0176 or email kat.dibbits@msimanchester.org.uk.

Key information
Friday 11 August – Monday 28 August 2017
Prices: £5.00 individual, 90 minute session
£15.00 individual, full day pass
Family discounts available
£10 adult-only evening events (Friday 18 and 25 August 2017)

Q Directions & Parking

Our nearest railway station is Deansgate, which is 10 minutes’ walk away.
We are 15 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Oxford Road station, 25 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Victoria station, and 30 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station.
You can travel to Deansgate station on the train from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road railway stations.
The free Metroshuttle bus service stops at all city centre railway stations. All 3 Metroshuttle services will bring you within 5 minutes’ walk of the museum.
Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about travelling by train to Manchester.

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