Electricity is a powerful force of nature, spectacular and thrilling. For centuries, humans battled to harness and control it. Today, electricity is central to our existence. We use it without thinking about it and only notice when it isn’t there.
Featuring stunning commissions from three contemporary artists, Electricity: The spark of life examines how scientists experimented with electricity to understand and control it, and how mass generation and distribution changed our lives.
Through iconic objects such as Edison lightbulbs and emerging smart technologies, we uncover how supply companies convinced us of electricity’s importance and explore electricity’s place in a low carbon future.
This is a Wellcome Collection exhibition in collaboration with Teylers Museum, Netherlands and the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester.
If you’re visiting with children, pick up a trail and guide yourself through the exhibition with games and challenges. Or visit Spark Space, our activity zone within the gallery.
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Electricity on the museum blog
An electric eel and a red phonebox
We take a look at the work our conservation team did with two of the more unusual objects in our Electricity exhibition, the electric eel and the red phonebox.
Free floating frogs
You’ve heard about it raining cats and dogs, but a levitating frog? Let us explain...
Spark of Desire: the Manchester Electrical Exhibition
October 2018 was the 110th anniversary of the Manchester Electrical Exhibition, held at Platt Fields in the Rusholme area of Manchester.
SCIENCE SHOWDOWN: ELECTRICITY
Date: 22 October – 15 February
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older
What would win in a fight: a bulb or a blender? Household items go to war in this electrifying, audience-powered family friendly show.
PI: PLATFORM FOR INVESTIGATION
Date: Saturday 1 December
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older
Delve into the wonderful world of local scientist James Joule, who experimented with engines, heat and electricity.
We are looking for Visitor Engagement Volunteers to help with Electricity: The spark of life.
For more information and to apply for this role, please visit the Science Museum Group recruitment site.