Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,112 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

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The tall cast iron columns are remarkable survivors from Deptford Generating Station
Beyer-Garratt locomotive
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Governor of Galloways steam engine in action
English Electric turbine-generator unit, ex-Back o' th' Bank Power Station. NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE
Planing machine made by Joseph Whitworth and Co, 1842 patent
c.1843 Abraham and Dancer travelling microscope, used by James Prescott Joule for calibrating thermometers
Ferranti steam engine
Working replica of 'Planet'
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Not the remains of an upright piano, but a novel sluice gate designed by John Frederick La Trobe Bateman and made c.1851. It was one of three located at Crowden Brook as part of the first Longdendale Reservoir scheme, and was in service until 1971
Cotton carding machine by Asa Lees and Co in 1896
Cotton spinning mule
Small geared steam turbine generator and condenser, made by Metropolitan-Vickers
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1948 F2/3 jet engine, with thrust augmentor behind. Formerly on display at the Air and Space Hall. NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE

Also widely known as MoSI.

Museum website.

Located in the city centre on the site of the Manchester terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

The museum provides an important and fitting tribute to the scientists, engineers and industrialists whose work made Manchester the world's first 'industrial city'. Manchester has now lost its traditional industries, so the role of the museum is invaluable to understand the city's development, and to place the surviving 19th century infrastructure of canals, mills, etc. in context. The exhibits were remarkably well-chosen to illustrate the breadth and depth of local production and technological achievements. The wide range of artefacts, large and small, encouraged visitors to make many return trips.

A large proportion of the museum's collection was on open display, and a remarkably large proportion of the items were made within a few miles radius of the museum.

The leading light in the establishment of the museum was Richard L. Hills. The fascinating story of its development and the difficulties of acquiring exhibits is told in 'The North Western Museum of Science and Industry, Some Reminiscences' by Richard L. Hills, available online here.

This was an outstanding museum. Unfortunately, it is being downgraded, and the results of the founders' hard work are being undone. The excellent electricity and gas galleries have been permanently closed. The space is said to be wanted for temporary exhibitions, which will apparently rely heavily on words and pictures rather than tangible historic artefacts. The Power Hall, which houses working engines, is currently (2022) closed for repairs. The Air and Space Hall is closing. 'Increasing numbers of objects from our Aeronautics and Aircraft Propulsion collections can be explored online .....' !


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