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Spotlight Talks

Listen to one of three Spotlight Talks delivered by our friendly Highlights volunteers.

Hear about our historic site and buildings, discover more about Manchester's motoring heritage, or explore the role of women in the age of Enlightenment in one of three illuminating pop-up talks. 

Learn about Liverpool Road Station and how the railway revolutionised the world. Find out how the site was transformed into a museum and hear more about how we're continuing to innovate and revolutionise as we create a more sustainable museum for the future. 

Hear about Manchester's motoring heritage, the evolution of the Rolls-Royce motorcar and more. Journey through a city of firsts, from the first purpose-built canal in 1761 to the first bus service in 1824, and the world's first intercity railway.  

Or, find out about the revolution of ideas and discoveries that fuelled the age of Enlightenment through the inspiring story of 18th Century astronomer Caroline Herschel, who, as the first female to discover a comet, went on to discover a total of eight. 

Please speak to a member of staff on arrival to find out which Spotlight Talk will be delivered during your visit.