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Revolution Manchester

Start your journey through Manchester's rich legacy of industrial innovations, scientific discoveries and ideas that changed the world.

From big ideas to small inventions, discover the pioneering work that helped to shape life as we know it.

Find out more about engineers like Joseph Whitworth and Richard Roberts, who helped the wheels of industry to turn and make Manchester into a global powerhouse. Step into the circle of energy and uncover the ground-breaking work of James Joule. Meet 'Baby', our working replica of the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine—the ancestor of every modern computer—and weave your way around Cottonopolis and into our stunning Textiles Gallery.

Revolution in progress

We are updating the displays in this gallery to help bring the story of our historic site to life and tell new stories of how ideas can change the world. Find out more.

This is a small selection of objects on display in Revolution Manchester. You can browse our online collection for more items housed in the gallery. If you are visiting to see any of these objects, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.

Part of the Science Museum Group