Revolution begins at MOSI science museum in Manchester

Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has unveiled a new interactive gallery which is the centrepiece of a £9m upgrade.

Revolution Manchester features the UK's biggest video wall to help it explain the city's contributions to the fields of science, engineering and transport.

Museum director Tony Hill said it puts the "wow into MOSI" and was the first phase in a major overhaul.

Revolution Manchester opens to the public on Saturday, 29 January.

MOSI is on the site of the historic Liverpool Road station, the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station, which opened in 1830.

In November 2008, work began on updating the main building, now renamed the Great Western Warehouse in recognition of its railway past.

Unique barcode

A series of metal ramps which dominated the entrance hall have made way for a 'digital chandelier' comprising a number of video screens.

MOSI director Tony Hill said the challenge was to maintain a balance between the museum's historic past and giving the museum an interactive appeal.

"This gallery really injects the 'wow' into MOSI and promises to engage the visitor even after they have left the museum," he said.

Visitors will be given a unique barcode and be able to show pictures of themselves on the screens, play interactive games connected to the museum's collections and gather items for a digital scrapbook.

Mr Hill added that the new technology allowed the museum to stay up-to-date with the latest scientific advances in Manchester such as the work on graphene by Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov.

The completion of Revolution Manchester is the first phase of a £54m overhaul of MOSI announced in November 2007.

Those plans received a blow when Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced that MOSI could lose its government funding by 2015.

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