The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester has launched a purpose-built studio where clients can host virtual and hybrid events. The state-of-the-art space features high-tech equipment that will enable event organisers to hold virtual conferences, small meetings or training sessions and stream them seamlessly to an online audience.

Hybrid event setup at Science and Industry Museum

Innovation is at the heart of the Science and Industry Museum, and this use of technology ensures companies from across Manchester and beyond can continue hosting engaging events in line with new Government regulations. The studio will support organisers to safeguard their events against ongoing social distancing guidelines, allowing for a small number of onsite presenters to broadcast to huge online audiences. The museum’s team will also remove the stress of organising remote functions from home by supporting their clients with onsite expertise and dedicated technicians.

Clients can reach larger audiences by combining live broadcasts, pre-recorded sessions and on-demand content, and attendees will receive maximum value with online content hubs offering recorded sessions and flexibility. Conference content can remain live for days, months or even years after the event is finished.

High-definition screens and branding opportunities in the space deliver a polished event experience, which online audiences can enjoy remotely, be it from the comfort of their own homes or from a socially-distanced meeting room within the museum itself as part of a hybrid event.

A state-of-the-art camera setup also allows event hosts to move freely around the space to suit a more natural presenting style, with guidance provided by the onsite team to ensure attendees can smoothly navigate the software.

The Science and Industry Museum is renowned for hosting unique conferences and events in Manchester. Last year it welcomed more than 15,000 guests to over 200 corporate and private events.

Marie Claire, Event Sales Manager at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “We’re so excited to be launching this dedicated studio space within the museum. It will enable clients both locally and further afield to adapt to this ‘new normal’ and continue delivering engaging events. This technology perfectly embodies the museum’s innovative ethos and we hope to alleviate a lot of the stress and challenges that remote working and social distancing have brought to the events industry.”

The entire Science Museum Group, which encompasses the Science and Industry Museum, the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon, now offer broadcasting capabilities to accommodate virtual and hybrid events onsite. With the necessary technology in place at each of the museums, it means events can be live streamed simultaneously across any of the sites, which is particularly useful for companies that may have staff or delegates in different locations across the country.

The Science and Industry Museum has been safely welcoming visitors back since August. It is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound regeneration, which will see brand new spaces opened for the first time next year and improvements to some of its best-loved galleries. In the meantime, there is still plenty to do, see and discover in its public spaces.

For more information or to book the Science and Industry Museum’s studio space, email venuehire@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk or call 0161 537 6904.

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