Call for proposal. Feasibility study to mark the 200th Anniversary of the world’s first inter-city passenger railway between Liverpool and Manchester.

Manchester Histories is working alongside a new partnership that aims to deliver a cultural programme to mark the 200th Anniversary of the world’s first inter-city passenger railway between Liverpool and Manchester.  The programme of events will also commemorate globally significant events in railway history.

A print of an engraving, captioned 'The opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Sept 15, 1830, with the Moorish Arch Age Hill as it appeared on that day'
Image courtesy of the Science Museum Group Collection

The partnership is seeking a consultant/s to support a feasibility study to identify the key components of the 200th Anniversary. This will include the development of strategic management and operational structure that will: 

  • Deliver an ambitious events programme and activities in the run-up, during and after 2030
  • Profile the ROCKET 2030 across the UK and beyond 
  • Generate significant visitors and economic impact 
  • Bring communities together, raising engagement and participation
  • Ensure a legacy of the work

The full brief for the work can be found here: TENDER ROCKET 2030 (2)

Image courtesy of the Science Museum Group Collection

Process of application:

Timeline: Submissions by Thursday 30st June 2022. 12 noon. Appointment by 30th July 2022. Draft for consultation 30th November 2022. A final document by 31st December 2022. 

Application: Submissions should be on a PDF of no more than 10 A4 pages. This should be sent by email to

If the file size exceeds 5Mb please send via WeTransfer 

Please send your proposal outlining:

  • Methodology including the proposed data and analysis needed to fulfil the brief
  • Short Curriculum Vitae of those involved
  • Examples demonstrating where you have undertaken similar commissions
  • Proposed Delivery Schedule
  • How you will communicate key milestones and progress to the partners
  • Your approach to equality, diversity and inclusion

Budget: Rates and prices shall be deemed inclusive of all additional expenses howsoever incurred. It is envisaged that the work will take a total of 35 working days to undertake and a maximum budget of £21,000 inclusive of VAT.

Access: Please let us know if you need any extra support with the application process, you can submit your expression of interest as a film, reading, or any other format to get your proposal across. Email: for support.

Outcome: The research should be provided within a written report which should feature:

  • An executive summary
  • Presentation of the research findings and key data including the use of graphs and tables as appropriate
  • Concluding comments and recommendations highlighting where the framework strategy should be focused and where there might be a case for any further research
  • Detailed appendices featuring the evidence collated
  • A methodology for the ongoing work and evaluation

We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Banner Image: Courtesy of Science Museum Group Collection © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum. Travelling on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, 1831″. print. coloured.