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1830 Station and Warehouse

A number of restoration projects have begun on our historic Grade I listed 1830 Station and Warehouse.

1830 Station

1830 Station exterior

The first stage of restoration work has taken place on the Science and Industry Museum's historic Grade I listed 1830 Station. The globally significant building is the oldest surviving passenger railway station in the world.

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world's first steam-powered, inter-city railway designed to transport both passengers and goods. Its Manchester terminus was Liverpool Road Station, now home to the Science and Industry Museum. The railway opened in 1830, sparking a revolution in trade and travel. The station buildings were substantially re-built in the 1970s and 1980s, when the museum first opened. Sadly, since then water ingress has started to cause serious deterioration. 

The restoration is very important for us to conserve this globally significant site. We are working with Manchester-based Buttress Architects, who specialise in restoring listed buildings and historic places. The first £1.9 million phase of work funded by DCMS has given the building a new roof, gutters and rainwater pipes, which will help protect the building, manage the water and dry the building out. This was completed in Spring 2022 and the museum is now planning for further internal repairs alongside the creation of new learning spaces.

Future plans for the 1830 Station include the development of a revolutionary railroad and locomotive experience to tell the railway story. There will also be a dedicated STEM learning space, together with an improved outdoor area linking new connections and entrances between the Science and Industry Museum, The Factory and the developing St John's and Castlefield neighbourhoods, as this vibrant area of the city comes alive together.
 
The restoration work is part of a much wider multi-million-pound development project of the historic site and buildings that Science and Industry Museum inhabits, and it is all part of a plan to create a more sustainable museum

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1830 Warehouse

1830 Warehouse exterior

The Science and Industry Museum has embarked 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 has improved the structural integrity of the building (including repairs to the masonry and woodwork) and ensured that it remains wind- and weather-tight (including essential roof repairs). 

Ahead of starting further restoration, the 1830 Warehouse will be used once again for special events from summer 2022, including during the summer holidays and for Manchester Science Festival.

Station Master's House

Exterior of the Station Master's House at the Science and Industry Museum Science Museum Group © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

We are working in partnership with building conservation charity the Landmark Trust to find a new use as a holiday property for Station Master's House. Located next to the Grade I listed 1830 Station building (which is part of the museum's public buildings, and currently being restored), this historic building originally provided accommodation for the Station Agent at Liverpool Road Station. It has been used as offices since the buildings were restored ahead of the museum opening in 1983. 

This partnership offers an appropriate new use for the building, complementing the museum and Castlefield’s visitor offer. It will form a unique and desirable place to stay in Manchester, as a new distinctive holiday property offering the opportunity to stay in a part of the historic station complex, and the first Landmark Trust property in the region.  

This forms part of a long term, multi-million-pound plan at the Science and Industry Museum to carry out crucial restoration work, create a more sustainable museum and reveal new spaces and perspectives for visitors to enjoy.

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