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What’s on at the Museum of Science and Industry in 2018

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From robots and space ships to computing and electricity, there's a host of events and exhibitions to spark your imagination at the Museum of Science and Industry in 2018.

Our blockbuster Robots exhibition continues until 15 April, featuring more than 100 robots illustrating the key moments in humans' 500-year quest to recreate ourselves in mechanical form. Find out when we first started building humanoid robots and what the future might look like—plus make friends with a few of our interactive exhibits.

A special Robots In Conversation event on 23 January will take the robot debate one step further, with Professor Danielle George and Dr Ben Garrod discussing the rapid development of robots in recent history and whether they could one day threaten the survival of the human race.

Our ever-popular Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens returns in January for 2018, with a jam-packed series of hands-on sessions featuring the latest cutting-edge research. Topics at this monthly event include robotics, landmine detection, and the effect of salt marshes on climate change, all hosted by real-life scientists.

In February the cybersecurity clock is ticking with Project Doomsday, a fun-filled interactive show where the audience react in real time to an intelligence briefing by expert scientists and performers. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock has struck midnight, and audiences have 60 minutes to make do-or-die decisions and avert global catastrophe.

In March, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule that brought astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth following his stint as the first British ESA astronaut on board the International Space Station. Not only can you view this historic object in the museum, our VR experience will allow visitors to experience piloting a Soyuz capsule back to Earth. The arrival of the Soyuz is part of a national tour sponsored by Samsung. It is also the inspiration for a space-themed Late event on Wednesday 14 March as part of the BBC Civilisations festival—expect all the mind-blowing science and unusual activities that define our unique Lates. We'll also be marking International Women’s Day with another special In Conversation event.

We will be celebrating the Baby computer’s 70th birthday in June. The world's only replica of the first-ever stored programme computer, the Baby illustrates the incredible advances made in computing in less than three quarters of a century—all thanks to work done right here in Manchester. The celebrations will include a one-off Manchester Lecture, additional sessions with our knowledgeable volunteers and a specially-themed Pi: Platform for Investigation.  

As if that wasn’t enough computer wizardry, the retro gaming festival Power Up! will return in August with fun for all the family spanning for years of games and consoles.

Then in October comes one of the absolute highlights of Manchester's year—Manchester Science Festival, the most bold, creative and ambitious science festival in the UK. The largest science festival in the country, Manchester Science Festival puts science at the heart of culture, and this year will be headlined by an exciting programme of events including the major exhibition Electricity: The Spark of Life.

All this, plus exciting half-term programmes and a permanent collection telling the story of how Manchester is home to the thinkers and inventors whose ideas changed the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

Details and booking information for all events will be available on the website, www.msimanchester.org.uk, in the New Year.

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For more information, please contact Kat Harrison-Dibbits, Press and PR Manager, on 0161 606 0176 or email Kat.Dibbits@msimanchester.org.uk.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

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.