There are many museums celebrating the fact the City and region as a whole was at the heart of the Industrial revolution. This history is not just important to the indigenous population, but throughout the World people are interested in how it all started as it has had a major influence on the economies, industries an commerce of the world., To this end the museums depicting and exhibiting things relevant that era are important. A local knowledgeable escort in Manchester could maybe accompany you and help plan your itinerary if necessary..
This helps show the industrial heritage of the region and how Manchester was the world’s first Industrial city. its story covers industry, science and technology. As you would expect there are many exhibits from the cotton industry as this region at one time supplied woven cotton to the rest of the world. The canal network you can still see today helped transport the raw cotton in and the finish fabric out. Many of the looms and spinning mechanisms exhibited were invented in the region. There is also a Firgrove steam engine, again helping power the textile industry as well as others. The museum is fascinating and shows that the first ever electronic computer was invented in the city. The rise of the Aerospace industry is also mapped out.
This venue takes you through historic struggle of the working man in his fight for the vote and other civil liberties and shows history over the last two hundred years. It depicts the history of democracy, the story of the Peterloo Massacre and the rise of the trade union movement. The museum is housed in a former pumping station
Just outside of the city centre there are other museums that helps display the industrial heritage of the area. The Portland Basin museum consists of a canal dock warehouse where barges would load and unload their cargo, much of it, but not all would be cotton or cotton based products. There is also the Quarry Bank Mill near Wilmslow, not far from the airport which is a working museum which demonstrates the life and working conditions of the times. There are too many historical places of interest to mention, but are still great fun to explore.
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