The Making of Manchester Gallery

Relive the Peterloo Massacre and explore other major events in Manchester’s history in this gallery. The Making of Manchester tells the story of Manchester from Roman Times to the present day. Exhibits range from the personal to the ceremonial and from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Manchester kept a medieval form of local government until 1838, illustrated here by standard weights and measures used by Manor of Manchester inspectors to check market trade. Given city status in 1853, Manchester developed a strong sense of civic pride. You can see unique items relating to the Manchester Ship Canal, one of the great British civil engineering achievements of the nineteenth century. The city's recent history is represented by a traffic light from the Market Street-Cross Street junction, damaged by the blast from the bomb planted by the IRA in 1996.

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Stare into the mirror of infinity, spin the turbulence zone, or watch  your own skeleton ride a bike. Some of the most amazing facts about science in everyday life are explained in this fascinating...

Underground Manchester Gallery

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Go underground to find out why clean water and effective sewerage were vital to public health and Manchester's development. Located in the cellars of the Station Building, this gallery tells the...

Revolution Manchester Gallery

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MOSI's newest gallery opened to the public on 29 January 2011. This gallery serves as an introduction to MOSI's subject themes, galleries and collections - and also highlights other heritage venues...

Gas Gallery

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Trace the story of gas supply and discover how coal was turned into gas. Built in 1817, Manchester's first gasworks stood on nearby Water Street. Gas street lamps, like those lighting the Gas Gallery...

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