It’s a story that we’re uniquely placed to tell—on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city, today alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology.
Opened in 1969, the North Western Museum of Science and Industry quickly outgrew its temporary premises on Grosvenor Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock. When Liverpool Road Station closed in 1975, Greater Manchester Council agreed to purchase it to become the museum’s new home.
The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group (SMG).
SMG is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media, throughout which the common bond is human ingenuity.
Its collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change since the 18th century.
As well as this museum, SMG incorporates:
- the Science Museum, its library and archive and the Wellcome Collection of the History of Medicine in London
- the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford
- the National Railway Museum in York and its sister Locomotion site in Shildon
- major collections stores at Wroughton in Wiltshire and Blythe House in London
Read about the Science Museum Group’s public task on the SMG Public Sector Information page.
Chopra will create Blackening: 3157—a one-off, 48-hour performance based around one of the museum’s most iconic steam locomotives, taking influence from that engine’s own story and the role that railways played in the Partition of India, 70 years ago.
Well known for these long-duration improvised performance pieces, Chopra’s work will include changing, costumed personas; a live soundscape from DJ Masta Justy; and a large scale, charcoal drawing that will take shape throughout the weekend. The performance marks Chopra’s return to Manchester after his piece Coal on Cotton at The Whitworth in 2013 (pictured below).