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City of ideas

Faced with the impact of economic and social decline, 20th century Manchester strove to reinvent itself.

Post-industrial Manchester emerged as a reinvigorated city of ideas, developing new strengths in computing, electronics, advanced materials, the creative industries and biomedicine.  

Discover objects and stories that chart how Manchester survived and thrived through highs and lows as it transformed from industrial powerhouse to international science city.

Stories from our collection