A multi-million pound restoration project is under way at the Science and Industry Museum, which stands on one of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe.
We are conserving our historic buildings, opening up new spaces and creating a more sustainable museum to provide inspiring experiences for everyone.
This means that there will be a lot of scaffolding around our site for the next few years. We are aiming to keep as many galleries open as possible while work is ongoing, and we hope that this won't impact on your enjoyment of your visit. If you have any questions about how to navigate the museum or accessibility, please just ask one of our members of staff who will be happy to help.
Work has begun to restore the globally important Grade II listed Power Hall. Scaffolding and securing this historic structure was completed in January 2020. The roof is now undergoing a critical drying out period. We are working on renewed sustainability plans to take every opportunity to de-carbonise the building before work starts on the roof and inside the building in the coming months.
One of the most beloved industrial heritage galleries in the country, the Power Hall houses Europe's largest collection of working steam engines, the majority of which were built in Manchester.
Built in 1855 as the shipping shed for Liverpool Road Station, the world's first purpose-built passenger railway station, the Power Hall has received £6 million from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and additional funding from the Science Museum Group to facilitate urgent and major repairs to the roof and a redisplay of the gallery content to show how Manchester changed the world.
This multi-sensory gallery, full of the sounds of machines, the whistle and smell of steam and incredible personal stories will show how Manchester provided the power that changed the city and the world—from the way we work to the consumer society we live in. In revealing more about the human skill and ingenuity of the past, we can't wait to inspire the engineers and innovators of the future.
Special Exhibition Gallery
Work is nearly complete on our new £5 million Special Exhibition Gallery, designed by award-winning architects Carmody Groarke. The gallery is located in the Grade II listed New Warehouse, the museum's main building and arrival point. It will provide an international-standard space for temporary exhibitions to be shown in Manchester, while simultaneously showing off the beauty of the historic warehouse basement and colonnaded viaduct.
The warehouse space with its beautiful brickwork ceiling and historic importance is the ideal location for exhibitions that tell the story of the world's first industrial city, and the ideas that were born here and that change the world.
The new Special Exhibition Gallery will open in 2021.
Across the site
We are also carrying out important conservation work on our main building, the New Warehouse, on the Grade I listed 1830 Station and also our 1830 Warehouse, which houses our Connecting Manchester exhibition.
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.