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Massive machine magic and super-duper science as Salford kids takeover the Museum of Science and Industry

As part of Kids In Museums Takeover Day, The Friars Primary School from Salford are taking over the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 18 November to celebrate all things Salfordian.

Child's drawing of a Second World War plane and pilot

18 November

The museum has been working with Key Stage 2 children, aged between 7 and 11, to look through collection items related to Salford, decide what activities should happen on the day, and help design a promotional flyer.

On Saturday 18 November, families can follow a trail created by the Friars’ kids around the museum that highlights Salford, take part in the activity the pupils chose where visitors can design paper gilders inspired by the local historic aeroplane company, Avro, and get up close to objects the children picked out from the collection at a handling table.

There's more family fun with the museum’s regular programme including a Robots-inspired Explainer show, Human vs Machine and textile machinery and engine demonstrations.

Visitors are encouraged to share their day on the @msimanchester Twitter and Instagram using #takeoverday.

Kids In Museums Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.

Event details


Revolution Manchester
All day

Pick up a free trail from our volunteers in Revolution Manchester and find amazing Salford stories around the museum with the help of The Friars kids.


Textiles Gallery
11.00–16.00; drop in

Get up close to museum objects chosen by The Friars kids. Tell us what your favourite object is and why.


Revolution Manchester
14.00–16.00; drop in

Engineer paper gliders inspired by Avro aircrafts. Will your plane fly the furthest?

Notes to editors



The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

For further information, please contact Kate Campbell-Payne on 0161 606 0213 or email

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