Polishing up the past...
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.