The Roman General Julius Agricola founded ‘Mamucium’ in 79AD; the name means ‘breast shaped hill’, as this was what Agricola discovered in Castlefield, where the original settlement was based. Now, the fort that was built here – protected by the Rivers Irwell and Medlock – only survives in ruins, and the amphitheatre is a modern one, built to host occasional outdoor gigs. Canals are a key feature in the area; Castlefield was the terminus of the Bridgewater Canal, the world’s first industrial canal, the success of which inspired ‘canal mania’ in Britain. The real draw in the area, however, is ambitious cultural complex HOME (with its innovative cross-arts programming), the Museum of Science and Industry (housed in the magnificent buildings of the world’s first passenger railway), the small but influential Castlefield Gallery and the restaurants and bars that face out onto the canals.
Once a hub of industrial activity, Castlefield is now one of the city’s most tranquil spots. That’s thanks, in part, to its designation in 1982 as the UK’s first Urban Heritage Park, which safeguarded canals and cobbles and created a largely traffic-free haven. Its moored-up, flower-decked canal boats are evidence of the slower pace of life here.
Manchester Science Festival returns with its innovative combination of science, technology, music, art, literature, fashion, food and more. The programme for this, the festival’s tenth year, is bigger and better than ever, featuring the science of gin and gambling, a sleep lab in the Arndale, a Harry Potter-inspired tea and, of course, a very special birthday party.
In this groundbreaking exhibition, discover the history of graphite and graphene and immerse yourself in the wonders of a two dimensional world.
Castlefield Gallery will be consecutively handed over to these two innovative artists who are interested in audience participation, event, and social ritual.
MSF celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Grab a slice of cake and help us celebrate as we look at the science behind birthday parties, from the psychology of clowns, the maths of cake cutting and the fluid dynamics of chocolate fountains.
The world premiere of a new exhibition asks, how would you feel if you could see the effect of our actions on the environment in vivid technicolour?
Play, investigate and be surprised at some of the most exciting free family science events around.
From astronomy and our environment to glaciers and our gut, the exhibition is a collision of the UK’s most exciting new science and technology. Meet scientists from across the country and get stuck in to interactive activities for all ages.
Vote for the winner as two sides battle it out to prove that their live experiments are the most exciting. Watch explosions, surprising science, secret message revelations and some gravity-defying activities.