The Munitionettes
3 – 19 April : 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (duration 20 minutes)
Recommended for ages 7 years +

To tie in with the opening of MOSI’s brand new exhibition, The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War, the Easter Programme centres around the mighty and larger-than-life theme of Power:Fighting War from the Factory Floor.

The Munitionettes is a brand new, explosive, fun and free show for all – telling the real life tale of the women who tested munitions during the First World War. In 1915, the Ministry of Munitions took over Lower Campfield Market on Liverpool Road – where it became home to over 800 women, known as Munitionettes, who worked there testing fuzes. This landmark building is now better known as the museum’s Air and Space Hall and it is here, where this brand new and interactive show will recreate history, bringing it to life in the most fitting of settings.

The museum’s female explainers will take visitors through their paces at Munitionette Training School, enabling everybody both big and small the chance to get up close and hands-on with live experiments, loud bangs and a lot of great and surprising science. The serious subject of war and the real-life dangers around fire and explosives will be examined in a light-hearted way, fusing mischief and mayhem to explore the principles of combustion.


Power Up! Construct-a-Crane Workshop
3 – 19 April : 2pm-4.30pm
All Ages

In 1912, Manchester was going up in the world, thanks to the enormous cranes at Liverpool Road Station. Turn up and build your own mini machine and power it up with the Museum of Science and Industry’s Explainers. How high can you go?


The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War
Recommended for ages 9+

What connected sprinklers, shells and scientists to put Manchester’s makers on the map in Britain’s attempt to win the First World War? Uncover the answers to this and other surprising facts at the Museum of Science & Industry’s debut war exhibition. The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War features over 30 unique and original never before seen artefacts, images and documents to bring to life the largely untold stories of how Mancunian innovation helped to turn around the outcome of the First World War.

Opening to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Munitions, this family friendly exhibition – complete with hands-on gadgets – commemorates David Lloyd George’s visit to Manchester where his rally call for the city’s makers to step up their war effort resulted in the overwhelming support from the ordinary factory worker to the most eminent scientists and engineers.

It brought Oldham factory owner and electrical engineer Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti to the fore and this brand new, year-long exhibition pays homage to his significant and life-changing contribution to the First World War. Through never seen before letters and company archives, The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War highlights the vital role the entire Ferranti family played in leading Britain to victory.


Wellcome Image Awards 2015
Running until 2016
Suitable for all ages

For the second year running, the Museum of Science & Industry is one of just a handful of UK science centres and venues selected by the Wellcome Trust, to exhibit the winning entries in the prestigious and coveted Wellcome Image Awards. Showcasing the best in science imaging talent and techniques, these 20brand new and award winning images are on display in the stunning surroundings of the museum’s original and oldest surviving First Class Booking  Hall.

Amongst this year’s crop of award-winning entries is the image of an interactive multi-sensory unit designed to provide a distraction for anxious children undergoing serious hospital procedures. The paediatric sensory unit – approximately 5 ft tall and inclusive of a bubble tube, fibre optic lights, mirrors, a solar projector and the capability of producing sound – was captured by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Operational Service Manager for Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration, Geraldine Thompson. She is also one of 1200 STEM Ambassadors associated with the museum, helping to inspire young people across greater Manchester about science, technology, engineering and maths.


3D: Printing the Future
Now extended until September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Suitable for all

Due to popular demand this exhibition has been extended for a second time…

Try it. Perfect it. Print it. Join the 3D printing revolution at MOSI.  From printed knickers and a synthetic heart, to printed pills and skull scaffolds, visit the hugely popular 3D printing exhibition to discover how this revolutionary technology could change your life. Featuring over 500 3D printed objects, this visually stunning installation celebrates and illustrates how 3D printing inspires creativity and ground-breaking design. It is also fitting that these state of the art objects created by one of the most innovative technologies of today are on display in the Museum’s historic 1830 Warehouse, the worlds’ first railway warehouse and thus the most innovative building of its day.



Pi: Platform for Investigation: Exploring Human Joints and Genes
25 April : 10.30am  – 3.30pm
Pop In – No Booking necessary
Suitable for all ages

Find out more about your amazing bones, muscles and joints at MOSI’s monthly, pop in sessions exploring the wonders of contemporary science. Discover why some people struggle with their joints and investigate the role of DNA. Take part in  experiments with the museum’s team and meet leading scientists from the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research from the University of Manchester.

Pi: Platform for Investigation showcases cutting edge science up close and offers visitors of all ages the unique opportunity to explore – for free – the wonders of science creatively and in the company of leading researchers and scientists.


24 April : 10.30 – 12.00pm
Make a Noise
Adults: £3 + one child
Suitable for all under 6s

Join in with MOSI’s hugely popular, fun and creative monthly activity sessions for under 6s – where puppets and storytelling bring science to life for toddlers. Booking is highly recommended as these sessions do sell out.

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