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Joule: Energy and Engines

Celebrate steam engines, mesmerising mechanical models and the 200th birthday of Salford resident and experimenter in all things electricity and energy, James Joule. One of the founders of modern physics, Joule’s experiments showed that energy cannot be created or destroyed, and is interchangeable, leading to greater efficiency in the steam engines that powered Cottonopolis. See the instruments he used to develop his ideas and get to know the man who gave his name to an international unit of measurement at this special display, which shines a light on Joule’s world-changing work.

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Thursday 18 October – December 2018 (except Sundays)
9am – 8pm (Monday – Thursday),
9am – 5pm (Friday and Saturday)

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Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

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