Mather & Co to design new experience at iconic Manchester landmark

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by David Prior

Mather & Co has been appointed to create a new attraction inside Manchester Town Hall, which is due to reopen in 2024.

The new visitor experience will tell the story of the iconic building, considered one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic architecture in the UK. Mather & Co will oversee its experience design, content and interpretation.

Sarah Clarke, Managing Director at Mather & Co, said: “We want visitors of all ages to experience the story of the Town Hall using their senses, through discovery, experimentation, hidden reveals, exploration, and play. We don’t want this experience to be a museum, we want to create a memorable experience with personality.”

Manchester Town Hall has been closed for renovation since 2018

The town hall, which formally opened in 1877, has been closed since 2018 while a renovation project – one of the biggest heritage schemes the UK has ever seen – is carried out. 
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This new attraction will open up this beloved building as a destination – giving visitors the chance to explore its fascinating heritage, see more of its collections and learn the fascinating and sometimes surprising stories behind them. It will be a welcome addition to Manchester’s varied cultural scene."

Mather & Co said visitors could expect something that "unashamedly represents Manchester through an interactive and immersive experience that tells the unexpected story" of the town hall.

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