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Peel closes Museum of Museums

Work begins on EventCity refurbishment

Published on January 13th 2011.

Peel closes Museum of Museums

Peel Holdings has officially closed its Museum of Museums next to the Trafford Centre, as it prepares to redevelop the space into a huge exhibition centre.

The heritage collections area of the museum have been closed but the Tutankhamun and His Treasures exhibition is still running and is open at the usual times.

A spokeswoman for Peel told Confidential: “The Museum of Museums is undertaking maintenance and refurbishment works in the heritage display areas of the venue in preparation for major exhibitions later this year, and consequently these two halls have to remain closed to the general public until this is complete.

“However 'Tutankhamun - His Tomb and His Treasures' exhibition is open as normal to the general public every day from 10.00am until 6.30pm.”

The space will reopen later this year as EventCity, which Peel hopes will challenge Manchester Central in the exhibitions sector, Confidential first broke the news of Peel’s plans in November.

At the time, Mike Butterworth, director at Peel Property, said the venue already had a couple of exhibitions booked in.

“There appears to be a huge untapped market for exhibitions in the North of England,” he said. “Manchester Central is very busy but some exhibitions can’t get in, or can’t afford to. We’ll be cheaper than Manchester Central, although I can’t say by how much.”

Peel was able to keep plans for the project under wraps because of the similar nature of planning requirement for a museum and an exhibition centre.

Peel has also appointed Andy Orr, former operations director at Manchester 235 casino, to manage the venue.

One source within the exhibitions sector said the new venue would be a huge boost for organisers in the North West.

“With its scale, accessibility and parking, EventCity could be the perfect venue for major trade and consumer exhibitions to the North of England,” they said.

“It should be complimentary, not competitive, to Manchester Central’s strong conference portfolio and means the city, and indeed the North-West, can now lay claim to major event facilities on a par with leading European cities.”

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