From the printing press to modern computing, discover how technological advancements have made it possible for us to communicate further and faster, enabling us to entertain and inform on a mass scale.
Nicknamed 'Newspaper City', Manchester quickly became the largest newspaper production centre outside of London and was the birthplace of The Guardian, founded in 1821.
See the first British model of a linotype machine, which revolutionised newspaper production and whose impact was compared to the advent of the railway.
Take a look at early telephones made by Manchester company David Moseley and Sons, who installed the first regular telephone system in the UK and also supplied the Post Office’s first telecommunication devices.
Step into Granada land and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Coronation Street with Ken Barlow, before changing the channel and being transported into the BBC North West Tonight control room.
Look back at classic designs from the history of broadcasting, find out why Bob the Builder is a secret Mancunian and uncover the work of world-renowned animators Cosgrove Hall.