Instruments of Change

An exhibition of objects telling the story of innovation, change and discovery across 200 years of healthcare, research, and medical education in Manchester.

‌The Instruments of Change exhibition explores patient care and policy development in an emerging National Health Service (NHS) in the mid-20th century.

A display of around 30 medical artefacts invite visitors to examine innovations which took place in Manchester and how they have influenced patient care.

  • Find out how a professor of anatomy helped to shape the outcome of the Second World War through research into penicillin.
  • Discover the University’s role in evolving the patient experience for children in hospital.
  • Look back in time to when medical education in the city was in its infancy.

Visiting the exhibition

Getting here

The exhibition is based in the entrance of the Stopford Building, which is located on the Oxford Road area of The University of Manchester campus.

View location on our interactive map.


Stopford Building
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PT

Directions and parking

Information about travelling to the University’s campus and parking is available on the Maps and travel page.

If you are planning to visit the exhibition after 4pm you can park in the Dilworth Street Car Park. For any other times, the Cecil Street Car Park is the next nearest option. There are disabled parking bays in both, and electric vehicle charging points in the Cecil Street Car Park.

Opening hours and admission

  • Monday: 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Admission is free.

Please note that there are no visitor facilities, and the space can reasonably hold no more than ten visitors at a time.


An accessible entrance is located to the side of the Stopford Building, facing Ackers Street. ‌

More information about accessibility in Stopford Building can be found on the AccessAble website:

Digital exhibition

You can now access a digital version of Instruments of Change through the University’s Manchester Digital Exhibitions website - a platform which will enable you to engage with our stories, artefacts and special collections online:

Please contact the museum’s Heritage Officer for any enquiries about visiting the Instruments of Change exhibition:

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