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Our Collection

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.
  • One of the world’s largest collections of working steam mill engines, which you can see in action in our Power Hall.
  • 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 Station Building is the world’s oldest surviving passenger station.
Researcher at the Museum of Science and Industry

Research and Study

You can come and use our study area for personal or professional research without an appointment Tuesday to Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
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Donate an Object

We’d love to hear from you if you have an item that you think might be perfect for our collection, but please don’t bring it to the museum or send it by post without arranging with us first.
Beyer, Peacock record book at Museum of Science and Industry

Copying and Copyright

Information about reproducing material from our collection, whether for personal or commercial use. Find out about licensing images for your product or publication, and visit our online print store.
Hidden Treasures Gallery at Museum of Science and Industry

Collection Loans

If you’d like to borrow an item from our collection, and can prove that you can meet Government Indemnity Scheme standards regarding security, environment and transport, then get in touch.
Collection store at the Museum of Science and Industry

Stories from the Collection

Learn about the people, places and things represented in our collection–from the history of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, to the Factory Records archive.

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