Jean Franczyk, the new director at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester) has revealed her plans to revitalise MOSI’s heritage site and to put the Museum firmly on the national and international stage.
Jean was appointed in February following MOSI’s merger with the National Museum of Science & Industry (NMSI). The merger has created one of the world’s most important museum groups, reaching over five million visitors annually.
Jean has already got the wheels in motion at MOSI to raise the profile of the Museum’s internationally important historic site. This includes opening up new areas for the public, and holding creative programmes and events.
She wants to close the upper yard area currently used as a car park to provide a more authentic experience for visitors arriving on the Museum’s site – the former Liverpool Road Station - which is the oldest surviving railway station in the world (opened 1830).
Jean said: “I want to ensure that we really maximise the historic potential of MOSI’s heritage site and build on the fantastic visitor figures we already attract here to make it a nationally and internationally significant destination. Manchester has given me a warm welcome and we’re eager for MOSI to work with colleagues across the city to put science at the centre of this vibrant cultural scene.”
She added: “It’s our responsibility to open our doors and our stories to new audiences so we build a broad audience base for the future, and we build the strongest possible base of support for science exploration and application in our world. Our Museum should be a place where you can see the very latest inventions and be inspired through the creative arts, as well as to learn about history, so I would like to develop this in our programmes.”
A masterplan is currently being developed for MOSI and a panel of experts are being recruited for the Museum’s new Advisory Board.