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A Nintendo 64 console and controllers

Ahead of our retro gaming event Power UP, we invited our friends and Lower Byrom Street neighbours from the Crystal Maze to tell us what they think makes the 90s the best decade ever.

Guidebook, London & North Eastern Railway, "The Holiday Handbook 1939", 1939, description of places of interest, accommodation adverts, cost new 6d, 923 pages, soft cover, cover illustration of bathing beauty, by M Dickars.

To quote Bob Marley, the sun is shining and the weather is sweet. So what better way to enjoy this fine spell of weather we’re having than a quick look at our summery collection items? Deck chairs at the ready as we shine a light on our favourite sunshine objects.

Picture of the 1830 Warehouse at the Museum of Science and Industry

The buildings of Liverpool Road station are one of the most incredible things about the site on which the Museum of Science and Industry sits—but a huge fire over 150 years ago almost destroyed these historic structures.

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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