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Our collection documents 250 years of discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester and went on to influence the world. It shines a light upon the achievements and experiences of the people behind those stories.

Key objects in the collection include:

  • The models used by John Dalton to demonstrate his atomic theory, laying the foundations of modern chemistry.
  • Parts from the world’s first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark 1.
  • The 5 listed buildings that make up the globally-important heritage site upon which the museum stands. Liverpool Road Station was the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway, and our 1830 Station is the world’s oldest surviving passenger station.