Lockdown may be back but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the exciting educational output from Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. Thankfully, the Castlefield venue has teamed up with the other four members of the Science Museum Group to make a huge amount of content available online. Below are just a few of the best ways to experience what is on offer…

Fun Activities

A huge array of educational activities are available on the Science and Industry Museum website, including games, apps and experiments. With these, young ones can investigate how sounds travel by using a coat hanger and string, make the perfect instant ice-cream, design their own space rover and find out how playing with paper aeroplanes becomes a lesson on the fundamentals of aerodynamics. The activities are easily searchable by subject, format, and age/Key Stage level.

Virtual Tours

The inside of the Science Museum in London has been photographed by Google Street View, to explore at your leisure. Also, all five Science venues are part of Google Arts & Culture, a platform that lets the public view art collections online. You can scroll through the annotated images and videos from 16 acclaimed exhibitions. Standouts include The Man-Machine, which centres on our quest to create robots in our own image.

Video and Audio

The official YouTube channel of Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum features countless videos hosted by industry professionals and even some famous faces. You can watch a lecture about the universe by Stephen Hawking, listen to Buzz Aldrin and Tim Peake talk about life in space and hear Bill Gates discuss breakthroughs in technology. And on Soundcloud, there are over 40 lectures and panel discussions, including one with the scientist turned rock star, Brian May.

Explore Their Extensive Collection

We may not be able to physically pay them a visit, but we can still enjoy the 350,000 objects and archival items available to view digitally from the Science and Industry Museum’s online collection. By visiting their site, users can get lost in over 250 years worth of cultural and industrial change, all of which has roots that trace back to Manchester. From medicine and railways, to art and industrial action – there’s a host of world-changing content to explore. Simply follow the link below to get started.

Support Their Online Shop

Cultural sites like the Science and Industry Museum need our support now more than ever – and with Christmas on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to visit the venue’s online shop. Packed full of science books, kits, games and super cool toys that can teach you a thing or two, the museum’s web-store is the perfect place to find a unique and educational gift idea for the big thinker in your family or friend circle. Best of all? Every purchase you make goes towards helping the museum continue doing what it does best, so everybody wins.

Sun 29 Nov, Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP
, Tel: 0161 832 2244
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Mon 4 Jan 2021