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Power Hall

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.