San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Roll up, roll up! What futuristic marvels amused the Victorians and Edwardians? A band of time-travelling professors present the cutting edge of science and technology from over a century ago. Be amazed and diverted by our phonograph, magic lantern, “animated photographs”, and chemical and electrical experiments from the 1800s. How have attitudes to innovation and the future changed since then? And how far has the Victorian blend of education with entertainment stayed with us? Starring Aileen Fyfe, Iwan Morus, Tim Cockerill and Katy Price.
Funded by a 'Care for the Future' grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Suitable for ages 12+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
The International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine is the largest event in the field, and takes place every four years. Recent meetings have been held in Mexico City (2001), Beijing (2005) and Budapest (2009). The Congress in 2013 will take place (between 21st and 28th July) in Manchester, described by organisers as the original "shock city" of the Industrial Revolution. During the conference tours and displays, on local scientific, technological and medical heritage are co-ordinated by members of the University's Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The Portico is delighted to be chosen as venue for two of the events.
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The Portico Library
Still in its original 1806 building, the Portico Library and Gallery celebrates both the historic and contemporary culture of Manchester, welcoming the public, researchers and members to its unique 19th century book collection and 21st century literary, scientific, educational and artistic events and exhibitions.