The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester explores where science met industry and the modern world began, and I was involved in the development of its Special Exhibition Gallery for major temporary exhibitions.
Located on the site of the former Liverpool Road Railway Station, MOSI helps visitors understand the impact that the city’s science, technology and innovation continue to have on all our lives. It is part of the Science Museum Group and attracts over five million visitors each year with an unrivalled collection.
A Museum Masterplan was first developed in 2012, which prioritised the development of a Special Exhibition Gallery for major temporary exhibitions.
Following a detailed options appraisal, it was confirmed that this would be located across three structures: the Grade I listed Station Buildings, Grade I listed 1830 Warehouse and Grade II listed 1830 Viaduct (together forming the 1830 Complex).
The museum already had a Conservation Management Plan from 2007. However, due to the development of the Special Exhibition Gallery, updated information on the 1830 Complex and surrounding public realm was required. This would help inform the development of a design brief, provide guidance to the selected design team and support a future planning and listed building consent application.
I worked closely with the museum staff to produce a detailed Conservation Statement for the 1830 Complex. The statement was structured in accordance with published guidance and included significant plans to guide future interventions into the historic fabric.