The Science and Industry Museum in Castlefield, Manchester, has revealed new footage to showcase the scale and ambition of its seven-acre restoration programme, being delivered while the museum remains open to visitors.
The multi-million-pound “critical” restoration programme is underway to carry out critical restoration work and reveal new spaces and perspectives for all visitors to enjoy.
The site includes the world’s first ever intercity railway, currently undergoing roofing repairs, with several other grade I and grade II listed buildings.
A new film, created by David Bewick at Boca films, includes aerial drone footage, outlining the huge footprint of the museum. It shows the work being delivered on the Power Hall roof, which is the size of a premiership football pitch, and is where the term ‘Northern Powerhouse’ was coined.
The 1830 Warehouse has been repointed and internal timber joists have been repaired and restored.
Future plans for the station include the development of a revolutionary railroad and locomotive experience to tell the railway story, as well as much improved learning spaces.
Research is also underway on further new galleries focusing on Manchester as a ‘City of Ideas’ and the broader story around ‘Cottonopolis’.
The restoration works are in addition to huge environmental improvements across the site and opening up new spaces for visitors, such as the award-winning Special Exhibitions Gallery—now originating and hosting ground-breaking science exhibitions and experiences, including current exhibition, Amazônia.
Outdoor areas are also being planted with colourful new schemes to encourage biodiversity and indoor and outdoor areas for families are being developed.
Sally MacDonald, director of The Science and Industry Museum, said: “This is a very exciting time. We have the honour of occupying some truly exceptional buildings, which are in urgent need of restoration.
“We are working with specialists and taking great care to transform them, addressing historic issues to conserve important details, but also looking to the future to ensure our buildings are sustainable and provide the best experiences for visitors.
“We’re carrying out a large programme of decarbonisation across the site, adopting new technologies to ensure that our buildings are standing strong and using less carbon. The technology we use will become part of our ongoing story as we welcome the scientists and innovators of the future through our doors to learn more about how ideas shape our world.
“What’s more, we are in a district of Manchester where we have some incredible neighbours. It’s our ambition that visitors can walk easily in between all these outstanding attractions, enhancing the sense of place and visitor experience.
“We’re sorry if the work causes disruption, but we are sure that the final results will be well worth it, as more visitors from our local communities and beyond can enjoy the museum and continue to be inspired by the wonder of science and industry.”
The Science and Industry Museum remains open to visitors with plenty to do and see including the Revolution Manchester, Textiles and Experiment galleries and changing exhibitions and experiences including Amazônia, Power UP and display celebrating 100 years of the BBC in Manchester.
The museum also recently announced world premiere exhibition and experiences as part of this year’s Manchester Science Festival this October and is a partner for the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.
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