Looking for days out with a difference this half term? Find out more about Greater Manchester's Victorian heritage at these events and venues.
Steam, Sweat and Sewers – Museum of Science and Industry
A Victorian fairground, a chance to explore the city’s sewers and a weaving workshop are among the activities on offer at MOSI this half term. Steam, Sweat and Sewers runs from February 14 – 22 and with the exception of the rides at the fairground, all activities are free.
Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road. Open every day 10am-5pm.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Immerse yourself in the Victorian era at Lark Hill Place in Salford Museum and Art Gallery. It’s a recreation of a typical Northern street and includes a general store, pub, toyshop and dressmaker. Visitors can also dress up in traditional Victorian attire.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford. Open Tuesday – Friday 10am-4.44pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon-4pm.
Stockport Hat Works Museum
Dressing up is always popular with the kids and they won’t be disappointed at Stockport Hat Works Museum as there is a wide range of headwear to try on. It also has two floors of interactive exhibits, including working Victorian-style hatting equipment and a reconstructed hatters’ cottage.
Stockport Hat Works Museum, Wellington Road South, Stockport. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Greater Manchester Police Museum
Tucked away in the Northern Quarter is the GMP Museum. Usually only open for a few hours on a Tuesday, open days are being held on February 17 and 19 for half term. It includes an 1895 Magistrate Police Court from Denton Police Station and the site’s original charge office, which was built in 1879.
GMP Museum, Newton Street, Northern Quarter. Open Tuesday February 17 and Thursday February 19 for half term.