Innovation Race

Gender boundaries, interactives, war, Manchester, science, inventions. A lot to have in a gallery space no bigger than a standard sized bedroom. Yet, the Innovation Race at the Museum of Science and Industry somehow fits it all in, without overcrowding. Innovation Race is a temporary exhibition about inventions during the Second World War, specifically focusing on Manchester’s involvement and the Ferranti family. Set in dark paint with dim lighting, the space sets the tone for sombre, yet the narrative is surprisingly a celebration of the scientific and social advances made in Manchester during the war era. Equally surprising is the sheer amount of interactives in such a small space. Centred is the Stand and Stare desk, used to tell the oral history narratives of six individuals. The exhibition, despite its size, is engaging, rich in information, stylishly designed and interactive.
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