Pol­ish­ing up the past...

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A NEW LAY­OUT and in­ter­ac­tive fea­tures are all part of an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment of the Na­tional Wa­ter­ways Mu­seum in Glouces­ter, which re­opened at the end of July.

A rope model of a Sev­ern Trow (a boat syn­ony­mous with the area) and an in­ter­ac­tive work­ing model of the docks and grain ware­house tell the sto­ries of peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing on the wa­ter­ways and of­fer new in­sights into the craft that used the wa­ter­ways.

The mu­seum dates back to 1988 when it was sup­ported by the Friends of Glouces­ter Wa­ter­ways Mu­seum and it’s now run by the Canal & River Trust.

And the Glouces­ter mu­seum, to­gether with its sis­ter Na­tional Wa­ter­ways Mu­seum in Ellesmere Port, had some good news with an Arts Coun­cil Eng­land award of £314,136 for the his­toric boats in CRT’s care. The Trust has a col­lec­tion of 68 boats, the ma­jor­ity of which are on the his­toric ships reg­is­ter.

CRT says main­tain­ing the col­lec­tion is a mam­moth task, with the size and scale of the boats pre­sent­ing chal­lenges. How­ever, the ACE grant will al­low it to fo­cus at­ten­tion on 16 ves­sels in Ellesmere Port which will be re­moved from the wa­ter for preser­va­tion. This ap­proach is al­ready be­ing ap­plied to Moss­dale, the only re­main­ing all-tim­ber Mersey flat. A 3D scan of her struc­ture was used to de­sign the cra­dle that sup­ports it, and a cover pro­tects it from the weather to al­low it to dry out slowly.

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