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Air & Space Hall
Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester
Air & Space Hall
associated engineer
Not known
date  1877 - 1878
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ831978
ICE reference number  HEW 1443
photo  Paul Dunkerley
The Air & Space Hall of the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester started life as Lower Campfield Market, an open-sided covered market building. It was later known locally as City Hall.
The building is about 85m long by 38m wide and is 13m high to the ridge of the clerestory roof over the nave and transepts. The side aisles are 11m high. The gables are glazed and there are roof lights. Cast iron columns support wrought iron longitudinal lattice girders and wrought iron arches over the nave, transepts and crossing.
The structure was enclosed in the late 19th century, when the gallery was also added. It was after this time that the building got its local name of City Hall and it was used for many years as the venue for a Christmas Circus. It was then used as an exhibition hall until 1977.
Restored in 1981-83, the building was re-opened as Manchester Air & Space Museum at Easter 1983, and is now the Air & Space Hall of the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester. It is Grade II listed.
Nearby on Liverpool Road is a similar building called Upper Campfield Market. This was built in 1882, restored in 1985 and is now used by the Museum as storage or additional exhibition space.
Architect: Mangall & Littlewood
Contractor: E.T. Bellhouse
Research: PD

Air & Space Hall