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During the coronavirus pandemic, Greater Manchester’s Museum of Transport has been active on social media to ensure it remains in the public eye once restrictions are eased. Jonathan Welch speaks to volunteers to find out how the museum has coped in a difficult year

Up and down the country, museums of all types, along with the wider tourism and leisure sector, have been doing what they can to keep active during the annus horribilis that has been 2020. One which has stood out, and which has maintained an active and interesting presence across its social media is the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester (MoTGM). Having started off during the first lockdown, the museum’s volunteers have kept up a running series of online posts every week, which have not only served to keep the museum in the public eye but have also been interesting and thought-provoking in themselves.

For some, a social media presence means an occasional Facebook status or Twitter update, but MoTGM has trawled its vast archives and with the help of volunteer Paul Williams, whose day job is Head of Communications for a pharmaceutical company, has been able to keep up an ongoing series of Mystery Mondays, Throwback Thursdays and Saturday Showoffs on Facebook and Twitter.

The museum is home to a varied collection of buses and transport memorabilia from the local area. JONATHAN WELCH

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