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Pair of black trainers worn by David Threlfall used in the making of Shameless. Science Museum Group Collection © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

With thousands of runners set to pound the pavements this weekend in the Great Manchester Run and the Great CityGames taking place just outside our window, we’ve taken a look at some of the weird and wonderful items in our collection related to keeping yourself in the very best of health.

Following the announcement that Power UP will return to Manchester this summer, we take a look at some of the most influential characters in gaming’s long history.

David Cook Piloting the Glider

Today marks the 40th anniversary since aviator David Cook used his modified Volmer VJ 23E hang-glider, powered by a go-kart engine, to cross the English Channel in 1978. The hang-glider is now part of our collection here at the museum, and to mark the occasion, Assistant Curator Lewis Pollard spoke to David about his historic journey.

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