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Museum of Science and Industry

The Making of Manchester Gallery

Relive the Peterloo Massacre and explore other major events in Manchester’s history in this gallery. The Making of Manchester tells the story of Manchester from Roman Times to the present day.

Chetham Hospital school uniform

Exhibits range from the personal to the ceremonial and from the ordinary to the extraordinary.  Manchester kept a medieval form of local government until 1838, illustrated here by standard weights and measures used by Manor of Manchester inspectors to check market trade.

Traffic Light from the Market Street-Cross Street Junction

Given city status in 1853, Manchester developed a strong sense of civic pride.  You can see unique items relating to the Manchester Ship Canal, one of the great British civil engineering achievements of the nineteenth century.  The city's recent history is represented by a traffic light from the Market Street-Cross Street junction, damaged by the blast from the bomb planted by the IRA in 1996.

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