Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

This huge 7-acre museum site houses displays on science and technology, road transport, railways etc. The Air and Space Hall houses a wide range of exhibits, including a Trident cockpit and a Morphis simulator. The space gallery includes interactive displays. The contribution made to aviation development in the local area by the Avro Company, through its factories at Woodford and Chadderton, is well presented. Elsewhere can be seen working steam engines, a variety of locomotives and rolling stock and much more.

A major renovation programme announced in November 2007, called Revolution MOSI, will see the museum buildings completely refurbished to 21st Century standards, with much improved lighting and display space, allowing room for more exhibits and better presentation of information. The actual work will begin in 2009 and should be completed in 2012.

Directions

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester. Close to the end of the A57 in central Manchester. Well signposted.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, including Bank Holidays, but excluding December 24-26 and January 1.

Admission:

The Main Museum, including the Air and Space Hall, is Free. There is a charge for Special exhibitions.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled to 98% of the museum.

Avro 707A WZ736 (photo, Matt Durrant) Avro Avian G-EBZM (photo, Matt Durrant)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
A. V. Roe Triplane Reproduction Displayed
A. V. Roe Triplane BAPC.6 Reproduction Displayed
Avro Type F # Reproduction Displayed
G-ABAA Avro 504K G-ABAA Complete Displayed
WZ736 Avro 707A WZ736 Complete Displayed
G-EBZM Avro Avian IIIA G-EBZM Complete Displayed
WR960 Avro Shackleton AEW.1 WR960 Complete Displayed
Avro RJX 100 ** Uncompleted Displayed
XS179 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XS179 Complete Displayed
G-APUD Bensen B.7M G-APUD Complete Displayed
XG454 Bristol Belvedere HC.1 XG454 Complete Displayed
XL824 Bristol Sycamore HR.14 XL824 Complete Displayed
Cody Kite% Reproduction Displayed
G-ADAH de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ADAH Complete Displayed
XD624 de Havilland Vampire T.11 ** XD624 Complete Displayed
BQT EoN 460 Series 1 sailplane BQT Complete Displayed
WP270 EoN Eton TX.1 WP270 Complete Displayed
WG763 English Electric P.1A WG763 Complete Displayed
Flexiform hang-glider BAPC.252 Complete Displayed
WT619 Hawker Hunter F.1 WT619 Complete Displayed
G-AWZP Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101 G-AWZP Nose Displayed
G-MJXE Hiway Demon 175/Tri-Flyer G-MJXE Complete Displayed
Hiway Spectrum BAPC.251 Complete Displayed
Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea BAPC.12 Complete Displayed
G-AYTA Morane-Saulnier MS.880B Rallye G-AYTA Complete Displayed
ZE966 Panavia Tornado F.3 ** ZE966 Complete Displayed
Skyhook Safari Complete Displayed
MT847 Supermarine Spitfire XIV MT847 Complete Displayed
Volmer VJ-23 Swingwing microlight BAPC.175 Complete Displayed
Wood Ornithopter BAPC.182 Complete Displayed
997 Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka 11 997 Complete Displayed

# under construction.
** in store for later display.
% The Cody Kite is not a replica, it is an original covering on a reproduction frame.

More Information

Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP. Tel: 0161 832 2244, Fax: 0161 606 0186, e-mail: n.forder@msim.org.uk, website: The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester.

Belvedere HC.1 XG454 (photo, Matt Durrant) Dragon Rapide G-ADAH (photo, Matt Durrant)
P.1A WG763 (photo, Matt Durrant) Shackleton AEW.1 WR960 (photo, Matt Durrant)
Spitfire XIV MT847 (photo, Matt Durrant) Sycamore HR.14 XR824 (photo, Matt Durrant)
Roe Triplane reproduction (photo, Matt Durrant)

Runway Visitor Park Manchester Airport

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The purpose-built Visitor Park has a Visitor Centre and a growing collection of aircraft exhibits. Particularly useful here are the three raised viewing platforms, which offer good views of the active runways and taxying aircraft. Note that Concorde is now displayed in a dedicated glass-fronted hangar, and guided tours can be booked for an additional fee.

This attraction was formerly known as the Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing Park. The original Aviation Viewing Park that opened in May 1992 was moved to the present location in May 1997 to allow space for the second runway.

Directions

From Junction 6 on the M56, take the A538 towards Wilmslow. After about half a mile appears ‘The Romper’ public house on the left. Turn left here down Sunbank Lane, then right onto Wilmslow Old Road at the bottom, and follow the road to the gate entrance.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 08.00 am to dusk; Closed 25 December (Christmas Day).

Admission:

See official website for details. Tours of Concorde are charged in addition to the entry fee to the Visitor Park. If you are interested in a tour please phone 08715 22 11 00 (calls are charged) as tour places are limited.

Amenities:

Parking, Cafe, Toilets, Souvenir shop, Picnic area, Access for disabled visitors.

Vampire T.11 XD624 (photo, Phillip Evans) Avro RJX-100 G-IRJX (photo, Phillip Evans)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-BOAC Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde 102 G-BOAC Complete Displayed
G-IRJX Avro RJX-100 G-IRJX Complete Displayed
G-AWZK Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101 G-AWZK Complete Displayed
XV231 Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.2 XV231 Complete Displayed
G-DMCA McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 G-DMCA Nose Displayed

Notes: Vampire T.11 XD624 is now with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

More Information

Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ. Tel: 0161 489 3932. website: Official Viewing Park Website.

Concorde G-BOAC (photo, Phillip Evans) Concorde front view (photo, Phillip Evans)
DC-10-30 nose (photo, Phillip Evans) Display board (photo, Phillip Evans)

Barton Heritage Centre

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The former Barton Aerodrome is now called City Airport Manchester. Built in 1928, the aerodrome was Britain’s first municipal airport. It remains a largely unspoilt example of the airfields of the 1930s.

A small museum section at the front of the Visitor Centre features many interesting documents and displays which tell the history of the original Manchester Airport. The Bomber Command Association also has a display here. The Centre gives good views of movements on the active airfield. Visitors can also go onto the first landing of the Control Tower to view the aerodrome and watch various aircraft land and take off. (Please take note of the warning signs). Next to the Centre is the Police helicopter section. This location was formerly known as the Barton Aerodrome Visitor Centre.

Directions

City Airport Manchester is located close to the A57, south of the M62/M63 junction at Eccles, in western Greater Manchester.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Admission:

Admission is free.

Amenities:

A small souvenir and coffee shop are at the front of the Centre, overlooking the airfield. Car park (not free).

Barton Control Tower (photo, Phillip Evans) Inside the Visitor Centre (photo, Phillip Evans)
Items on display (photo, Phillip Evans) Wartime memorabilia (photo, Phillip Evans)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
None at present

More Information

Barton Aerodrome Heritage Society, City Airport Manchester, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7SA. Website: Heritage Society.

The Cyril Barton display (photo, Phillip Evans) RAF memorabilia (photo, Phillip Evans)