Further improvement works will take place across the Science and Industry Museum's historic site to conserve and improve our buildings.
From autumn 2023, repair work will begin on the New Warehouse, which houses our main entrance, three of our permanent galleries (Revolution Manchester, the Textiles Gallery and Experiment), as well as two temporary exhibition spaces, including our spectacular Special Exhibitions Gallery.
A Grade II listed building, the New Warehouse was constructed in 1880 following an expansion of Liverpool Road Station. It was used to house goods and livestock being transported on the railway. Although this makes it over 140 years old, it is newer than some of the station's original buildings from 1830, and is referred to as the 'New Warehouse' on many of the 19th century architectural plans.
We have been awarded £14.2 million of national capital funding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to complete further urgent repairs and improvements over the next two years.
This work includes repairs to the New Warehouse's roof, gutters, windows and masonry. It will also help us to meet our sustainability goals by leading to greater thermal efficiency and futureproofing against predicted increased rainfall due to climate change.
The building will remain open while this work take place, with a packed programme of events, special exhibitions and new displays to enjoy alongside our permanent galleries.
Although there will be more scaffolding around the museum, these vital works to maintain and restore our buildings will ensure that they can continue to welcome visitors for years to come.