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Date of visits: October 2012, March 2015.
The Science and Industry Museum located on Liverpool Road, Castlefield, in the heart of Manchester, traces the
development of science, technology and industry, with an emphasis on the city's contribution to these fields.
The Air and Space Hall which opened in March 1983 under its former name of the Air and Space Museum, is housed in the former Lower Campfield Market Hall building. The exhibits showcase Manchester's role in the development of aviation and aircraft. Due to the design of the building the exhibits are tightly packed which made photography difficult. This was not helped by tripods not being allowed unless prior permission was obtained.
Latest News (July 2021) It was announced with regret that the Air & Space Hall would not reopen after the COVID post-lockdown easing. The hall, a Grade II Listed Building leased from Manchester City Council is in need of extensive repair and conservation work which is beyond the budget of the museum. The building will be returned to the City Council and the collection of aircraft will be returned from loan to their home organisations around the U.K. The Shackleton will locate to the Avro Heritage Museum in nearby Woodford, with the Avro 707A and English Electric P.1A moving to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. The Belvedere will go to the Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare and the Ohka further afield to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona, U.S.A.
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