Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Friday 12 August 2011

It had been a long time since I thought about my dreams as a child. I had so many of them. My family always called me a dreamer - and indeed I was. However, as I grew older, my childhood dreams gradually became a distant memory. I guess, at a certain point, we all get caught up in day-to-day matters that we forget the dreams we once had.

Steam train - MOSIThat was until I visited the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. As I stepped into the museum, I felt a strange welling of excitement. My mind was instantly transported back to the days when my only concerns revolved around getting my homework done and what was for lunch. The childhood dreams and pastimes I once had sprang back to life. It was an amazing feeling, one that sent waves of exhilaration right to my very core, and for several hours, I was a kid again. What triggered this?

Planes and trains. Old planes and trains.

MOSI planeThe Museum of Science and Industry was the perfect catalyst. A whole building is dedicated to the history of the locomotive whilst another aircraft hangar-sized section houses a magnificent collection of planes and helicopters. As I wandered around, a dozen memories flooded my mind: my childhood dream to become a pilot (which I ditched in my teens), my model plane and train collections, sitting in the aircraft cockpit with my Dad and my first train ride.

MOSI plane 2As a boy, I designed make-believe airports for my planes; I felt drawn to town-planning and drew fictitious maps of cities; I was fascinated by roller-coasters so I built roller-coasters made of carton and pieces of tin; I fiddled with little engines and put them in little wooden boats; and I created little towns made of Lego bricks around my toy train tracks. This was the stuff of my childhood dreams and how I brought them to life. I'd forgotten all this... until my visit to the MOSI.

If you're in Manchester, visit the MOSI for an afternoon of fun and inspiration. The kids will love it too!

Note: this post was originally published on the Velvet Escape travel blog.

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