A multi-million-pound restoration programme is underway at our globally significant industrial heritage site to carry out crucial restoration work and reveal new spaces and perspectives for all visitors to enjoy, play and learn in.
We are bringing to life the story of the site, inspiring the innovators of the future to power the next (green) industrial revolution and creating a more sustainable museum.
Although this means that there is a lot of scaffolding and areas that may be closed, there is still much to enjoy on your visit.
Across the site
Work is due to start at the museum in July, on this globally significant historic building. The 1830 Station at the Science and Industry Museum is the oldest surviving passenger railway station in the world. It is one of two Grade I listed buildings at the museum.
The station buildings were substantially re-built in the 1980s when the museum first opened; however, sadly water ingress has started to cause serious deterioration.
We are pleased to be working with Buttress Architects in Manchester, who have been busy during lockdown understanding the issues, providing design solutions and helping the museum to prioritise works for the future.
This first phase of work will give the building a new roof, gutters and drainpipes, which will help protect the building, manage the water and dry the building out, whilst we plan for further internal repairs, the creation of new gallery and learning spaces.
Work on the roof is due to start on site in July 2021 and complete by February 2022.
From January 2021 the Science and Industry Museum is embarking on a multi-phased programme of conservation repairs to the Grade I listed 1830 Warehouse, the world's first railway warehouse.
First constructed in 1830 as part of the initial site of the Manchester to Liverpool Railway, initial repair was undertaken when the building was handed over by British Rail in the early 1980s, and again in 2012 when the Science Museum Group became custodians of the site. The first phase of the latest repairs will look at the structural integrity of the building (including repairs to the masonry and woodwork) and ensure that it remains wind- and weather-tight (including essential roof repairs).
The scaffold is due to be erected in early January 2021 and is currently scheduled to be taken down by August 2021. It will fully wrap the building and will be covered in a debris netting; however, it will not over-roof the building like the Power Hall.
Air and Space Hall
Ongoing work is also taking place to look after the historic Air and Space Hall. This hall, formed Greater Manchester Council's Air and Space Museum, which opened in 1983. We are currently working with Manchester City Council, who own the building, to explore sustainable options for its future.