Name: Erin Beeston
Year of PhD: 1 of 3
Spaces of industrial heritage: a history of uses, perceptions and remaking of the Liverpool Road Station, Manchester
Funding Body: AHRC
I am a final year PhD student at CHSTM in collaboration with the Museum of Science of Industry, Manchester. My project is all about Liverpool Road Station, the world’s first inter-urban passenger railway station, now home to the Museum of Science and Industry. I am taking an interdisciplinary approach to research, drawing upon social history, urban history, heritage and museum studies. I am aim to chart perceptions of the site as a working goods station (1830-1975, the station closed to passengers in 1844) and explore how and why the site was re-imagined as a space for heritage and ultimately became home to the North Western Museum of Science and Industry in 1983. I am drawing upon a range of methodologies in my research, from archival research to oral history interviews.
I previously worked in North West museums for five years in collections roles and during my Art Gallery & Museum Studies M.A. (Manchester, ‘07-08) I worked as an assistant presenter at Museum of Science and Industry, where I am delighted to return for research purposes.