Museum of Science and Industry to Receive £4.3m Grant
The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is set to receive a £4.3m grant from the government. Known affectionately by locals as MOSI, the grant is from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. Designed to transform the museum’s environmental sustainability, the money will help the museum to put zero-carbon technology at the heart of its visitor experience.
The Decarbonisation Scheme
Based on the site of the world’s oldest surviving rail station, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry has a unique hold in the areas of science and technology. The first mechanised production process was created here with the Spinning Jenny. Invented in Bolton, in 1794, this marked the beginning of the industrial revolution. So, it comes as no surprise that Manchester is once again leading the charge in looking to future-proof its industries.
In the early 1800s, a well was built under the rail station, to harness this natural resource and use it in production. Now, this will be refurbished and fitted to once again be utilised as a water source. This will allow for an annual reduction in CO2 emissions for the museum of 515 tonnes (equivalent to the average C02 emissions of over 30 UK homes per year).
Naturally, MOSI has welcomed the grant, stating “This is a visionary, sector-leading project where the original and modern combine for a sustainable museum of the future.” As a popular attraction for tourists, as well as those with young children, the scheme has been welcomed by those in the area. At the same time, the initiative will likely prove to be popular with the high level of students who come here as part of their field trips.
How Will Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry Use The Grant?
MOSI has historically been one of the most popular attractions around Manchester. Their site states that “We combine the distinctive appeal of our historic site with a vibrant contemporary science programme, making connections between the past and the present, between scientific theory and real-world applications.” So, it seems only right that the grant be awarded to this long-standing centre of education.
Naturally (quite literally in this case), the changes will support the Science Museum Group’s goal to reach a net-zero target of 2033. This is said to be 17 years ahead of the national target. At the same time, it will ensure Greater Manchester reaches its goal to become carbon neutral by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the national target.
As well as this, a large chunk of the money will be used to refurbish the museum’s halls. Enhanced roof insulation and more efficient glazing will work to improve energy consumption. As well as this, an electric boiler and water source heat pumps will be used to naturally heat the space. These will also be used to power the historic engines, housed within the museum, sustainably. Finally, a new building management system will be implemented, to monitor and control the use of energy.
MOSI Explores The Past With The Technology Of The Future
In response to receiving the grant, director Sally MacDonald said: “The museum’s site represents where science met industry and the modern world began – what happened here changed the world, triggering a revolution in trade, technology, travel and time. We are delighted that this funding will enable us to continue to innovate as we create an environmentally sustainable museum for the future.”