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The Beatles case Wondrous Place Museum of Liverpool CREDIT Gareth Jones

Wondrous Place: Celebrating the City at the Museum of Liverpool

December 2, 2021 No Comments

It’s over 60 years since Liverpool’s original pop pioneer, Billy Fury, released his sinuous version of the song Wondrous Place, and its title continues to be a gift to Mersey mythologists in search of a name for their next civic-minded project.

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Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

August 10, 2021 Comments Off on Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

The Jewish people have more history than most.

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Review: Use Hearing Protection – The Early Years of Factory Records, Science & Industry Museum, Manchester

June 22, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Use Hearing Protection – The Early Years of Factory Records, Science & Industry Museum, Manchester

Back at the start of last year, Northern Soul spoke to curator Jan Hicks about the then-forthcoming Science and Industry Museum exhibition about Factory – that’s to say, Tony Wilson and co’s now-legendary northern music empire.

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Bronte Parsonage Museum

Keeping the Brontë spirit alive during Covid: Rebecca Yorke from the Brontë Parsonage Museum talks to Northern Soul

June 21, 2021 Comments Off on Keeping the Brontë spirit alive during Covid: Rebecca Yorke from the Brontë Parsonage Museum talks to Northern Soul

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, had attracted Brontë fans from across the globe. Its collections are the largest and most important in the world and continue to inspire scholars, writers and artists. But The Brontë Society, which was founded in 1893, is a charity. While it receives public funding from Arts Council England, it relies heavily on admissions and the generosity of members for its income. During lockdown, the museum was forced to closed for the first time in more than a century.

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Elizabeth Gaskell's House. Credit: Mark Tattersall

Review: Online tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester

May 17, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Online tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester

As the interactive virtual tour came to an end, our digital guide remarked that they hoped visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House would receive as authentic an experience as “it would have been in Elizabeth’s lifetime”.

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Image Gallery: The Female Form Through Time, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

April 21, 2021 Comments Off on Image Gallery: The Female Form Through Time, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Instagram filters are not the first tool to be used to distort and manipulate the female form.

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Campbell Price, Manchester Museum

“We have a basket that’s 4,000 years old, but looks like you can buy it in B&Q.” Campbell Price, Egyptologist and curator at Manchester Museum

March 6, 2021 Comments Off on “We have a basket that’s 4,000 years old, but looks like you can buy it in B&Q.” Campbell Price, Egyptologist and curator at Manchester Museum

Museums may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one Manchester-based academic has found a way to bring Egyptology to people in the comfort of their own homes.

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Royal Photographic Society shorlisted entry do be diplayed in the digital exhibition - The Dead River by Abdul Momin

“Online platforms allow us to reach new audiences.” Ella Wild, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

February 15, 2021 Comments Off on “Online platforms allow us to reach new audiences.” Ella Wild, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester Science Festival was one of the most popular science festivals in the UK and had become a key event in the city’s cultural calendar. Here, the Science and Industry Museum’s head of festival and events, Ella Wild, discusses the decision to take the festival online and the benefits that audiences can find in digital events.

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“We are daring to change.” Kate Harland, Lion Salt Works Museum, Cheshire

December 1, 2020 Comments Off on “We are daring to change.” Kate Harland, Lion Salt Works Museum, Cheshire

In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray is forced to live the same day again and again.

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Sally MacDonald, Director of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in front of the Baby Computer.

“Science has never been more relevant.” Sally MacDonald, director of the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

September 15, 2020 Comments Off on “Science has never been more relevant.” Sally MacDonald, director of the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

It’s almost exactly six years since I became director of the Science and Industry Museum. 

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