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Engineerium's new plans outlined
George Stephenson's Locomotion No.1 model
The Locomotion No.1 model could have been auctioned for 75,000
The man who saved a collection of engineering antiquities wants to reopen the museum that housed them next year.

The British Engineerium, in Hove, East Sussex, was closed down and its contents put up for auction because of serious funding difficulties.

But entrepreneur Mike Holland stepped in at the last minute and paid a "substantial undisclosed figure" to keep the collection together.

He hopes to revamp the museum and add family-friendly visitor facilities.

The Engineerium had displayed items from the industrial revolution for 32 years before it ran into problems in May.

The Jonathan Minns Collection includes steam engines which powered trains, boats and hot-air balloons.

Industrial age 'experience'

One of the highlights is a model built by George Stephenson of Locomotion No.1, the engine used on Britain's first railway in 1825.

"I haven't really got to play with it all yet," said Mr Holland.

"What we really want to do is get the whole thing to be more interesting and get a more diverse collection of things here.

"We want to make the whole thing a real experience, so that as you come into the Engineerium you come into Brighton and Hove through the industrial age."

The plans include converting the museum's main viewing gallery into a restaurant and tea room.

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