Urgent repairs and improvements are to be carried out over the next two years at The Science and Industry Museum, after it was recently awarded £14.2million of national capital funding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The funding will see repairs made to the museum’s Grade II listed New Warehouse roof, gutters, windows and masonry as part of a restoration programme across the seven acres of its heritage site in Manchester, once the world’s first passenger railway station.
Conservation work will continue at the site’s Upper Yard, to the Gantry structure and to the Grade I listed 1830 Warehouse and 1830 viaduct.
These works will start later in the year, with the museum remaining open throughout, though some areas, including the Power Hall, will remain temporarily closed.
The museum said it will be taking inspiration from the site’s own live engineering projects to host construction, technical and heritage skills-themed activities for all ages from autumn.
In early 2023, updates will be made to some of the displays in the museum’s Revolution Manchester gallery, which explores innovation by local Mancunians, and will include items such as 19th century workers’ wage tins from the site’s former life as Liverpool Road Station.