A photograph of musicians performing a sound track to the silent film, Museums of the New Age

Museums Of The New Age

This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2016. 

Travel back in time to an era where image was everything and the sound of silence prevailed.  Museums of the New Age fuses rare silent film footage with a specially created score by acclaimed composer Jean-Philippe Calvin, performed live at the Museum of Science and Industry.

The footage was last seen in 1928 and goes behind the scenes at four of Europe’s most prestigious science museums in London, Paris, Munich and Vienna. Highlights of the 30 minute film include exhibition building 1920s style, a sneak peek into staff offices and a time lapsed construction sequence of London’s Science Museum. Described by Le Figaro and Le Monde as one of France’s most original musical talents, Jean Philippe’s contemporary soundtrack will be performed live by seven talented musicians from across Europe.

An introductory presentation by Dr Tim Boon, historian and curator, will set the scene for what promises to be an evening of captivating imagery and beautiful music.

This screening is a must for silent film buffs , contemporary classical music lovers and anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the red ropes at museums.

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Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

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Adults and families 11+

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