The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York has unveiled its new identity at a special event.
Bringing together the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, the electro-diesel Class 88 locomotive Prometheus and Britain’s first hyperloop prototype in the museum’s Great Hall, NRM revealed its new brand – ‘Railway Museum’ – which aligns with the Science Museum Group’s portfolio of other museums.
At the launch event more details of the museum’s masterplan for redevelopment, to help reach more than one million visitors each year by 2025, were also revealed.
The first stage of the masterplan will see the redevelopment of the Great Hall, the creation of a new Open Store to display up to 11,000 railway objects, and an interactive ‘Wonderlab’ gallery to help young people develop engineering skills.
Planning and fundraising for the masterplan is underway and building work is expected to start on the Great Hall in 2020 and be completed by 2021. The wider masterplan is scheduled to be ready by 2025 to mark the historic 200th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway.
NRM director Judith McNicol said: “As part of our £50 million masterplan, we will be radically reimagining the Great Hall… to tell the epic story of how railways have changed the world and how modern science and engineering continue to transform the railways.
“Unveiling our new visual identity is an important step in achieving our masterplan and as well as confirming our exciting vision for the future, the new brand will bring us closer to the Science Museum Group family.”