Black and white picture of actress Hedy Lamarr

History meets science at the Manchester Science Festival

An amazing cache of lost films, the underground story of Stockport’s air raid shelters, a Hollywood starlet who was also an inventor and one of the greatest ever mathematicians all feature in this year’s programme.

In Dawson City: Frozen Time (HOME, Friday 27 October), visitors will have the opportunity to see rare footage from the early silent era, lost for half a century under a subarctic swimming pool in Canada’s remote Yukon Territory. Film maker Bill Morrison will join archivists, conservation specialists and HOME’s Artistic Director Sarah Perks for a post-screening insight into this fascinating film.

Stockport’s hidden history comes to light in Going Underground (Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Friday, 20 October) with an exploration of WW2 nursing and pre-antibiotic techniques, the rise of antibiotic resistance, alternative therapies, the science of radar and its evolution into modern-day smart security screening.

Hedy Lamarr and Ada Lovelace are the subject of two great interactive smartphone experiences by theatre company Produced Moon (Museum of Science and Industry, Wednesday 25 October). In Reporting for Duty audiences can take part in an audio adventure based on the extraordinary life of inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr, while The Lost Program follows history’s first programmer, Ada Lovelace, finding hidden treasures and solving puzzles.

The Manchester Science Festival is produced by the Museum of Science and Industry and is currently in its 11th year. This year’s event features more than 100 events across over 50 venues in Greater Manchester.