A reinvigorated and sustainable space for years to come.
From 3 January 2023 the museum’s Station Hall will close for its biggest redevelopment since the museum opened in 1975. Built in the 1870s, the hall was originally home to York’s main goods station and was still in operation as a freight depot right up until the early 1970s, becoming part of the museum in 1975.
During its closure, Station Hall will receive a replacement roof as well as structural and decorative repairs to glazing, brickwork and walls, beautifully sympathetic to the building’s Victorian railway heritage. The new roof will provide a thermally efficient and weather-tight solution to protect the collection and preserve the historic Grade II-listed structure. Walls added in the 2010s will also be removed, and new glazing will enhance the splendour of the hall creating views to South Yard.
We will also reimagine and redisplay the permanent exhibition. The refreshed space will share the stories of the people working on, using and passing through railway stations, while celebrating the building's heritage. The visitor experience will be transformed through authentic stories, engaging and immersive interpretation and greater access for all.
The revitalised and reimagined Station Hall will reopen in late 2024, sustainable and reinvigorated for years to come.
This work has been generously funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for the new roof and the Friends of the National Railway Museum for the exhibition.
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