1 Aug 2008
The Doors 
A new exhibition 'The Making of MOSI' celebrating 25 years of Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry includes the original loading bay doors from The Haçienda.

The 10 ft high doors, "through which countless roadies lugged gear", according to cerysmatic friend and MOSI Senior Archivist Jan Hargreaves, "were donated by Mike Caulfield as a result of the Haçienda 25th birthday event we had at Dry Bar. Mike had been storing them at his business premises and was preparing to move, so needed to find a home for them. They officially became part of the collections in May this year and were moved to the Museum last week for installation in the exhibition."

Little known fact: the Haçienda All-Star Humping Crew, who usually operated said doors, included at various times: a New Order bass player; a New Order (eventual) manager; a professor of psychology; an archeologist; a lab technician; the front of house engineer for Stone Roses & Happy Mondays; a metallurgist; an IT manager (yours truly) and, of course, a Slim.

Items also on display include posters, album sleeves, Fac51b flexidisk, flyers, artwork, membership cards and application forms and a Fac86r model of the Haçienda (the 1991 reprint of the original FAC86).

Entry to the exhibition is free. MOSI is open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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