Manchester museum attracted 1,000 visitors

     The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport topped up its finances by attracting around 1,000 visitors over the six weekends that it was permitted to open before the second England lockdown from 5 November.

Among vehicles being overhauled is Bury Leyland Atlantean 116 (REN 116), photographed at a museum event in 2010 alongside Manchester 1001 (HVM 901F), the first Mancunian two-door Park Royal-bodied Atlantean new in 1968. 

 It had been awarded Good to Go accreditation by Visit England for its reopening protocols including cleaning and staffing, but was required to close for the four-week lockdown. It hoped to reopen for the three weekends before Christmas, and reopen again in the new year, but the Tier 3 pandemic control restrictions in Greater Manchester and much of the north of England require museums to remain closed. 

It has maintained contact with supporters through social media, with regular activities such as Saturday Showcase featuring its exhibits, Throwback Thursday with a nostalgic scene from the past and Mystery Monday, in which the museum asks followers to help place the locations of photographs in its archives with no known location.

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