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Museum of Science and Industry

Stunning photography charts the history of historic railway buildings

New exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry shows how unique buildings were saved from collapse.

Black and white picture of man stood in a door way in the 1830 Warehouse at MSI

For immediate release

A stunning new photography exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry charts the history of the museum and the building restoration work carried out since it moved to the site of the historic Liverpool Road Station in 1983.

Liverpool Road Station is the Manchester terminus of the record-breaking Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Built in 1830 by ambitious businessmen to link the factories of Manchester with the docks at Liverpool, the railway was an instant success. As the profits poured in, the pioneering project was copied all over the world. Soon, a vast network of iron rails covered the country triggering a transformation of technology and trade.

The exhibition, Changing Places, Creating Spaces, is housed in the Grade I listed Station Building, the oldest passenger station in the world. In its working life, it was a scene of constant activity, as up to 2,500 travellers poured through the doors every day. The railway meant that people could travel faster than ever before, at less than half the price of a stagecoach. The busy service soon outgrew this building and in 1844, the passenger trains were rerouted to the grand new Victoria station.

For over 140 years the unique buildings on the site saw non-stop activity. People and goods travelled in and out around the clock. When British Rail closed the site in 1975, the buildings were in a perilous state. The museum team has been working to conserve this extraordinary heritage site since the museum opened in 1983.

The Station Building still contains the original waiting rooms, which have been carefully conserved. Changing Places, Creating Spaces complements the museum’s existing Revolutionary Railroad and Destination Stations exhibitions in the building, where visitors can soak up the atmosphere of the Grade I listed building, find out how the railways revolutionised time and admire original artworks that charted the epic construction project of the 1830s.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Click here for more information.

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information or additional photography please contact Kat Harrison-Dibbits, Press and PR Manager, on 0161 606 0176 or email Kat.Dibbits@msimanchester.org.uk.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.