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A section of one of Manchester’s most iconic industrial sites is taking on a new purpose after originally opening its doors almost two centuries ago.

The Science and Industry Museum, situated in the heart of Manchester, is home to one of the oldest surviving passenger railway stations and the world’s first inter-city railway warehouse. As of April 2020, the museum is making this historically significant space available for events.

Once the scene of non-stop activity, as people and goods travelled in and out for over 140 years, the top floor of the railway warehouse is now able to host conferences, dinners, drinks receptions and product launches for up to 200 guests. The space offers exclusive access to three bays and is spread across several of the original rooms.

Chris Hanley, Group Event Manager, at the Science and Industry Museum says: “We are delighted to offer the 1830 Warehouse as an innovative and cultural option for events. The railway station was life-changing for Manchester and we are proud to be able to open the top-floor of this incredible space to host standout events and occasions over the next three years.

“From April 2020, the top floor of the 1830 Warehouse will be available to host all manner of events, from product launches and conferences, to gala dinners and award ceremonies. We are looking forward to replicating the remarkable atmosphere and experience embodied within the walls of this spectacular space within the events that we host.”

The Science and Industry Museum is currently undergoing multi-million-pound renovation works, which include major repairs to the much-loved Power Hall. A project is also underway to open a new Special Exhibition Gallery later this year. While these improvement works mean that access to some areas of the museum is restricted, the rest of the site remains open and continues to offer an ongoing programme of special exhibitions, experiences and events.

If you would like to speak to the Science and Industry Museum’s dedicated events team regarding an event, please call 0161 606 0175 or visit hirethescienceandindustrymuseum.com.

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