The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Manchester Museums

Manchester Town Hall NE and S facade

Manchester lies within the United Kingdom’s second largest urban area. The recorded history of Manchester began with the established of the Roman Fort of Mancunium about AD 79. Throughout the Middle Ages, Manchester remained a manorial township but began to rapidly expand around the turn of the 19th century with the boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution.

Manchester soon becomes the world’s first industrialised city, achieving city status in 1853. The Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894, creating the Port of Manchester and linking the city to the sea, to the west. Its railway station was the world’s first inter-city passenger railway station and in Manchester, scientists first split the atom and developed the stored-program computer.

Today, Manchester is the third-most visited city in the UK, after London and Edinburgh. It is notable for its architecture, culture and museums. Featured on “Joy of Museums” are the following:

Essential Facts:

  • City:                          Manchester
  • Country:                  England
  • Founded:                 1st century
  • Town charter:        1301
  • City status:              1853
  • Population:             2.8m Metro

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Photo Credit:      By Steve O’Brien from Wales (Manchester The Town Hall) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons