As part of the All Our Stories local heritage program, on 23rd March the MadLab hosted a day trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.
It was a brilliant outing packed full of steam engineering and noisy looms, which gave a much appreciated insight in to the reality of workers lives and the contribution made by industrial engineering to the British economy then and now. For those on the trip originally from outside Manchester, it gave a different perspective to the narrative of boom and bust, the height of radical politics and the city’s decline. What was particularly interesting was to see how national issues and political movements such as womens’ suffrage and workers’ rights were seen from the Manchester experience.
The trip also included an overview of the technology behind power production and the wonders of sewage disposal. These proved to thought provoking and enlightening as visitors were encouraged to consider the ethical and economical issues when building a sewage disposal facility and what has been the ultimate cost of the Industrial Revolution.
As well as the excellent curation and the extremely knowledgeable tour guides and presenters, one of the best things about the trip was getting the opportunity to share and discuss ideas and exhibits with other people. Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this event possible!
The MOSI day trip is part of ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ – a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories is a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – and is designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups are carrying out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.