Power UP at the Science and Industry Museum

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Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Power UP at the Science and Industry Museum
Science Museum Group

Power UP at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield, Until 4 September 2022, from £6.00 - Book now

Families of Manchester! Do you just LOVE gaming? This summer, head to Power UP at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester for an out-of-home, extraordinary gaming experience like never before.

It’s time. Step inside Power Up, a brand new gaming experience taking place daily at the Science and Industry Museum during the summer holidays. Go back time and rediscover lost memories, as you enjoy some your favourite video games from the past fifty years, great fun for the grownups too. You’ll get to try out over 100 hundred different consoles, and travel down memory lane, while also trying out some of the latest gaming fun, including having go with some of the incredible, newest, virtual reality headsets. As well as actual, well, playing, you’ll also get a chance to experience some learning, too. Power UP also features a new exhibition space that showcases the Manchester-based people who have helped to develop the city’s gaming industry.

After you’ve had enough gaming (possibly impossible – never enough gaming), visit the Textile City event for more hands-on fun, with free daily drop-in activities and one-off workshops. Create moving machines to support modern-day textiles production, put your artistry and creativity to the fore by producing unique print designs, meet the local textile makers keeping Manchester’s textiles industry alive, rediscover traditional manufacturing techniques and practice stitching in this interactive and fun experience for people of all ages to enjoy.

Budding artists can also get involved in an interactive art project produced by artist, Jenny Steele. Remodel the cityscape of Manchester, using foam blocks covered in textiles print inspired by Manchester’s architecture. Try your hand at traditional hand weaving, which was used widely across Greater Manchester, until the Industrial Revolution, when it was replaced with machinery.

Those of you interested in fashion, there will be an opportunity to produce your own mini drag dolls with Daniel Wallace, creator of iconic drag queen, Anna Phylactic.

For more Textiles fun, explore the the Textile Gallery. Here, you will see revolutionary innovations that kickstarted the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and other, more mundane, yet fascinating objects that provide an insight into the day-to-day lives of people who worked in the cotton mills.

For more world-changing inventions, head to the Revolutions Gallery. You’ll get a chance to see one of the first Rolls-Royce motorcars, said to have been driven by Henry Royce himself and a working replica of Baby, which was the first ever computer to run a program, and was the first machine to contain the components now regarded as characteristic of the basic computer.

For science fans, don’t fret, the family-favourite, interactive Experiment Gallery designed for the whole family will be open and free to explore. See science in action as you make music with your body, test your strength by lifting a car with one hand only, see through walls and use the incredible thermal camera to learn about heat vision, just a few of the exciting activities on-hand in the Experiment Gallery.

Finally, head to the photography exhibition Amazônia, open until 14 August. Be transported to the Brazilian rainforest and celebrate the country’s indigenous peoples and stunning landscapes through powerful photography captured by award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado.

Liz Pickering, exhibitions project manager at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “We’re planning a really exciting summer programme this year, giving visitors of all ages and interests the chance to explore their creativity and discover new skills. There are lots of different experiences on offer across the museum, and I’m especially excited to be opening Power Up to visitors every day, where they can enjoy getting to grips with the latest gaming technology or step back in time for a dose of digital nostalgia.

“We’ll also be pulling at the thread of Manchester’s textiles history, a key story we tell here at the museum, and delving deeper into the past, present and future of the industry.

Free tickets to the museum can be booked in advance. Tickets for the free pre-bookable workshops are also available online alongside museum admission. Entry to Amazônia is free but tickets do need to be booked in addition to museum entry. Entry to Power Up is £8 for adults, £6 for children and concessions (family discounts available) and needs to be booked in addition to museum entry.

Power UP at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield

Until 4 September 2022
From £6.00

Dates and Times

  • 3 July 2022 10:00 am
  • 9 July 2022 10:00 am
  • 10 July 2022 10:00 am
  • 16 July 2022 10:00 am
  • 17 July 2022 10:00 am
  • Until 4 September 2022
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit

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