Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

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Museum of Transport
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The vehicle collection in the Museum of Transport
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Location within Greater Manchester
Established27 May 1979 (1979-05-27)
Location Cheetham Hill, Manchester, UK
Coordinates 53°30′10″N2°14′00″W / 53.5029°N 2.2332°W / 53.5029; -2.2332 Coordinates: 53°30′10″N2°14′00″W / 53.5029°N 2.2332°W / 53.5029; -2.2332
Type Transport museum
Accreditation Arts Council England
Collections Horse buses, buses, trolleybuses, trams, transport-related objects and documents
Owner TfGM and Greater Manchester Transport Society
Public transit access Metrolink generic.png BSicon TRAM1.svg Queens Road
Website www.gmts.co.uk
A former North Western Road Car, two Manchester Corporation buses and one Salford Corporation all inside the Museum of Transport, Manchester and in their original liveries. Museum of Transport in Manchester.jpg
A former North Western Road Car, two Manchester Corporation buses and one Salford Corporation all inside the Museum of Transport, Manchester and in their original liveries.
Front of the bus depot on Queens Road; the Museum of Transport occupies a bus depot to the rear of this building Queens Road Bus Depot, Cheetham Hill.jpg
Front of the bus depot on Queens Road; the Museum of Transport occupies a bus depot to the rear of this building

The Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester aims to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester in North West England. Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, it is in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.

Public transport Shared transportation service for use by the general public

Public transport is a system of transport for passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip. Examples of public transport include city buses, trolleybuses, trams and passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries. Public transport between cities is dominated by airlines, coaches, and intercity rail. High-speed rail networks are being developed in many parts of the world.

Greater Manchester County of England

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972, and designated a functional city region on 1 April 2011.

North West England One of nine official regions of England

North West England, one of nine official regions of England, consists of the five counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The North West had a population of 7,052,000 in 2011. It is the third-most-populated region in the United Kingdom after the South East and Greater London. The largest settlements are Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Preston, Blackpool and Chester.

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Background

The Transport Museum, owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, was established at Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, in 1977. It opened to the public on 27 May 1979. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers from the Greater Manchester Transport Society.

Transport for Greater Manchester organization

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for co-ordinating transport services throughout Greater Manchester in North West England. The organisation traces its origins to the Transport Act 1968, when the SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive was established to co-ordinate public transport in and around Manchester. Between 1974 and 2011, it was known as the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), until a reform of local government in Greater Manchester granted it more powers and prompted a corporate rebranding. The strategies and policies of Transport for Greater Manchester are set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.

The museum is housed in a former Manchester Corporation Transport bus depot, to rear of a former electric tram shed on Queens Road, built in 1901. The museum building itself was added later and consists of two distinct halves, a dedicated bus garage completed in 1928, which now serves as the museum entrance area and upper hall, and a lower hall which was created in 1935 by constructing a roof over the open space between the tram shed and the 1928 bus depot. The former tram shed is still in use today as a bus depot, occupied by Go North West. [1] The whole block of buildings was Grade II listed in 1988 for its historical significance. [2]

Bus garage Storage and maintenance facility

A bus garage, also known as a bus depot, bus base or bus barn, is a facility where buses are stored and maintained. In many conurbations, bus garages are on the site of former car barns or tram sheds, where trams (streetcars) were stored, and the operation transferred to buses. In other areas, garages were built to replace horse-bus yards or on virgin sites when populations were not as high as now.

Go North West is a bus operator serving Greater Manchester, England. Based in Cheetham, Manchester, it is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group, which commenced operating on 2 June 2019 after it took over First Greater Manchester's Queens Road, Cheetham Hill depot with 163 vehicles.

The Transport Museum became a Registered Charity in 1980, [3] and a Registered Museum in May 2003.[ citation needed ]

Collection

The museum holds a sizeable collection, including around 80 buses, one of the largest collections of its kind in the United Kingdom. Due to the size of the building, some vehicles have to be kept off-site, with exhibits changed around every so often. In addition, vehicles often attend events around the country in the summer months. The museum collection is constantly developing and restoration work can be often be seen by visitors. [4] of which 70 or so are kept on the site. Also in the collection are a 1901 Manchester Corporation Tramways tram, two trolleybuses from Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne corporations, and the prototype Manchester Metrolink tram.

Between 1901 and 1949 Manchester Corporation Tramways was the municipal operator of electric tram services in Manchester, England. At its peak in 1928, the organisation carried 328 million passengers on 953 trams, via 46 routes, along 292 miles (470 km) of track.

Trolleybuses in Manchester

The trolleybus system in Manchester, England, opened on 1 March 1938, and gradually replaced the Manchester tramway network.

Trolleybuses in Ashton-under-Lyne

The Ashton-under-Lyne trolleybus system once served the market town of Ashton-under-Lyne, now in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, north west England.

In addition to vehicle exhibits, the collection of objects includes old transport signs, uniforms, vehicle fittings, ticketing equipment, [5] and several items used by Warner Bros. during filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.[ citation needed ]

Warner Bros. American entertainment company

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and is a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in areas such as film, television, and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

The extensive archive collection is available for research purposes by appointment and includes historic timetables, maps, books, posters, manuals and plans. [6] The museum also holds a photographic archive collection, much of which is available online via the GMTS account on Flickr.com. [7]

Events

The museum holds a number of regular events throughout the year.

For most of these events, a heritage bus service from Manchester Victoria station to the museum runs every 20 minutes between 09:50 and 17:00.

Location

The Museum of Transport is approximately two miles north of Manchester city centre, close to the junction of the A665 (Cheetham Hill Road) and A6010 (Queens Road). It is at the north end of Boyle Street, adjoining the Go North West bus garage. The Queens Road tram stop on the Manchester Metrolink is 200m away. Bus services 41, 135 and 151 stop nearby. The museum is signposted from the Manchester Fort shopping centre.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays (except at Christmas and New Year), and every day in August.

See also

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References

  1. "About Us - Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester". gmts.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. Historic England. "Bus Depot And Transport Museum (1247471)". National Heritage List for England .
  3. "Charity overview" . Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. "Vehicle Collection - Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester". gmts.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. "Collections - Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester". gmts.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. "Document Collection - Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester". gmts.co.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. "Museum of Transport Greater Manchester archive". Flickr. Retrieved 2 August 2017.