Race against time to re­store North­wich

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HIS­TORIC work­ing boat North­wich is pic­tured be­ing lifted out of Glouces­ter Docks and moved to the quay­side out­side the Na­tional Wa­ter­ways Mu­seum for ex­am­i­na­tion by ex­perts prior to con­ser­va­tion work. The un­pow­ered horse-boat, built in 1898 for car­ry­ing com­pany Fel­lows Mor­ton & Clay­ton, is the old­est nar­row­boat in the Canal & River Trust mu­se­ums’ col­lec­tion, and one of 68 na­tion­ally im­por­tant boats in CRT’s care. The work is part of a pro­gramme of con­ser­va­tion on the en­tire col­lec­tion sup­ported by £ 314,000 from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and di­vided be­tween the sites at Glouces­ter and Ellesmere Port. The trust’s Steve Ba­gley ex­plained that the age, size and vul­ner­a­bil­ity of con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als of the ex­hibits “pitch us in a race against time”, but that “we are de­lighted that thanks to this fund­ing we are fi­nally able to se­cure a positive fu­ture for North­wich”.

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