Journey through the extraordinary lives of ordinary objects.

A Brief History of Stuff is hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake and filled with fascinating stories about the ordinary objects around you, all inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection.

Catch up on episode 1 to discover how cute plastic bath toys helped scientists uncover the mysteries behind ocean currents.

Don’t miss episode 2 to hear Science and Industry Museum curator Sarah Baines reveal how sticky tape, thinking outside the box and making a frog levitate helped scientists isolate the thinnest and strongest material ever discovered.

Listen and subscribe for free on your favourite podcast app to be the first to hear new episodes. Find out more about A Brief History of Stuff, one of the Top 10 UK science podcasts, here:

A Brief history of Stuff


Science and Industry Museum
The Science and Industry Museum building

Home to the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, and the world’s first railway warehouse. Encounter amazing objects and find out about ideas that were born in Manchester and changed the world forever.



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