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How does Manchester's heritage illuminate the future?

Are there lessons to learn from Manchester's history? Some historians feel that the Industrial Revolution threw the city into chaos and created unimaginable poverty through slum dwellings.

As science and technology moves at a pace in our current age, who will be the winners and losers? How will the advancement of science, through wonder materials like graphene, and innovation incubators shape the physicality of our cities?

Sally MacDonald, Director of Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, is joining our June forum to look back at the city's past and its continued impact on the next generation of scientists and inventors.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group - the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

Sally joined the Museum of Science & Industry as Director in September 2014, from UCL where she led the university’s museums and public engagement programmes. Prior to that she held curatorial and leadership roles in several London museums, including at Croydon where she set up a multi-award winning service from scratch.

She has joined the Museum of Science & Industry at an exciting time, overseeing an ambitious Masterplan for the site including a new gallery for contemporary science exhibitions.

Sally grew up in Manchester and is passionate about the museum’s role both a symbol of Manchester’s industrial heritage and as an inspiration for the next generation of inventors.

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