NRM details plans for £50m facelift

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.

An impression of the new Central Gallery, which will highlight the modern railway industry. WILKINSON EYRE

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.

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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