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This report is from the Science Mu­seum

- Manchester · University of Manchester

DID you know that Manch­ester was the world’s first in­dus­trial city and the birth­place of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion?

In the early 19th cen­tury, the ex­tra­or­di­nary growth of Manch­ester’s cot­ton in­dus­try meant the city got big­ger and be­came the heart of a global net­work of man­u­fac­tur­ing and trade.

From its tow­er­ing mills, bustling ware­houses and crowded streets came new ways to live, work and think, which trans­formed lives in Manch­ester and across the world.

Fast for­ward to the 20th cen­tury and the world’s first stored-pro­gram com­puter was built at the Univer­sity of Manch­ester. Nick­named Baby, this com­puter was the first step to­wards life as we know it and the tech­nol­ogy we all use to­day, with mod­ern com­put­ers still build­ing on Baby’s ba­sic prin­ci­ples.

Find out about Manch­ester’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary past, present and fu­ture at the Science and In­dus­try Mu­seum, which re­opens on Fri­day 14 Au­gust, or visit www.sci­ence­andin­dus­try­mu­seum.org.uk.

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