SJ8397 : New museum - Manchester

taken 35 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

New museum - Manchester
New museum - Manchester
This is now the Museum of Science and Industry but when it was newly opened it was called something like the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (GMMSI). This had been relocated from totally inadequate premises at Grosvenor Street - see SJ8497 : The North Western Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. When I took this it had been open in its new premises for 3 days. The magnificent power hall was yet to receive its steam supply and the guards around the steam engines were relatively light, allowing for easy photography. Dr Richard Hills had been collecting mill engines for some years and this large former station site allowed them to be finally re-erected.

This was undoubtedly one of the best industrial museum developments of the last half century and it is hard to imagine it being bettered anytime soon, although Thinktank in Birmingham is arguably on a par. The same period though has seen Snibston in Leicestershire both come and go - a shameful waste.

The engine in the photograph is a W & J Galloway of Manchester horizontal cross compound extraction engine with uniflow low pressure cylinder and hydraulic valve gear. Here is a nmore recent view - SJ8397 : Modern steam engine.
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Saturday, 17 September, 1983   (more nearby)
Saturday, 20 January, 2018
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8316 9782 [10m precision]
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