THE National Railway Museum has released more details of its £50 million masterplan to remodel itself and boost visitor numbers.
The £12 million first stage of the plan will see a complete redisplay and reinterpretation of the 8000 sq m Great Hall that has remained largely unchanged since the NRM opened in 1975, the creation of a new Open Store to display up to 11,000 railway objects and an interactive ‘Wonderlab’ gallery
to help young people to develop engineering skills.
The Science Museum Group wants to appoint a full-service exhibition design team to remodel the hall, with the aim of telling the stories of how railways changed the world, with a strong focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum.
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The group’s tender seeks responses from exhibition design firms that can create a dramatic, coherent permanent exhibition that does justice to stars of the museum’s collection, such as Stephenson’s Rocket, world steam railway record-holder Mallard and the sole Shinkansen Bullet Train outside Japan. Long-hidden treasures from the museum stores will also be brought on display.
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