Whether you want to delve into the lasting legacy of Manchester’s Factory Records, marvel at a wonderous fictional train journey or explore the groundbreaking science that is revolutionising cancer care, the Science and Industry Museum’s packed winter schedule has you more than covered.


A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley | On display until Apr 2022 | Free

The final work of Rowland Emett, the mastermind behind the inventions of ‘Caractacus Potts’ in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, tells the story of a train journey through Cloud Cuckoo Valley on the fictional Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway.

An incredibly beautiful moving sculpture, it is part of the largest artwork ever created by the artist, cartoonist and engineer. Twice a day, the display will come to life (11.30am & 2pm) and the museum’s Explainer team will be on-hand to talk through the piece and take a closer look at the intricate details.

Winter Holidays - Marvellous Machines | 18 Dec - 4 Jan | Free

Explore machines of all shapes and sizes with a programme of family activities inspired by ‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’.

Discover the surprising science behind a variety of machines and learn more about the museum’s Explainer team’s own inventions at Science Stops scattered around the venue.

Kids can make their own wind-up toy from recyclable materials and Mini Movers will whirr around the Textiles Gallery, teaching how our bodies work like the machines on show.

Find out what’s on and book your free tickets below.

Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records | Last chance to see - closes 3 Jan | Recommended for ages 12+ | £8 adults, £6 concessions (under 12s free)

A label and musical movement that shaped the city we know today, Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Record’s formative years from 1978 to 1982.

The exhibition explores how their innovative work in music, technology and design contributed to Manchester’s global identity, transforming the city from an industrial powerhouse to an art and culture hotspot.

Expect previously unseen artefacts and designs that span both Joy Division and New Order, including Ian Curtis’ iconic Vox Phantom guitar that was used in the Love Will Tear Us Apart video, on display for the first time in 30 years.

Immerse yourself in the world of Factory Records with a tribute to The Factory night at the Russell Club in the exhibition Gig Room. Plug in and play to create unique versions of iconic tracks with a synthesizer and mixing desk.

This is your last chance to catch the exhibition, with it drawing to a close on 3 Jan.

Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope | Until Mar 2022 | Recommended for ages 8+ | Free

The world-first, free exhibition ‘Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope’ explores the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated, examining the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care.

From busting myths about the causes of cancer, to explaining how the disease isn’t unique to humans, ‘Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope’ shows just how far early detection technologies and immunotherapies have come.

The exhibition also shows how cancer has been treated over the centuries, from high-risk surgeries to the discovery of the first chemotherapy drugs, while also detailing the important challenges that remain to be solved and features never-before-seen objects, interactive exhibits, new artist commissions, installations, personal stories and more.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Wed 1 Dec, Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
, Wed – Sun, 10am–5pm during term time and everyday during the winter holidays (18 Dec – 4 Jan, excluding 24–26 Dec and 1 Jan).
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 30 Nov 2021