Re-opening of the National Waterways Museum

 Re-opening of the National Waterways Museum

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After lots of renovation and hard graft, the National Waterways Museum Gloucester will re-open on Friday 29 July 2016.

The museum is celebrating the role Gloucester Docks and the local canal network had in transporting goods to the industrial Midlands. The new bright galleries will showcase the uniqueness of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

The renovation has been made possible thanks to over £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.

The museum will once again be known as the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, jointly responsible (with its sister museum in Ellesmere Port) for the UK’s unique archive of waterways materials.

Seven months of restoration work has uncovered parts of the 19th century Grade II listed warehouse including the original windows – designed more for ventilation than light.

Gloster Doacks & Main Basin David Dixon

Gloucester Docks, Main Basin

The Main Basin was the original terminus of the ship canal from Sharpness which opened in 1827; to the right is Llanthony Warehouse. Built in 1873, this was the last, and biggest, warehouse built at the docks. It now houses the National Waterways Museum.

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There has been uncovered a symmetrical grid of 33 cast iron columns made by JM Butt and Co iron founders (a major local employer for over 100 years) and floorboards showing the wear and tear of the building’s former use as a grain warehouse.

Head of museums for the Canal & River Trust Graham Boxer said: “Over the last seven months our conservation and construction team has peeled back the layers of the old museum. After removing the objects from the floors we were able to see the spectacular craftsmanship of the building for the first time.

David Dixon Llanthony Bridge & Warehouse

Llanthony Bridge, Gloucester Docks

Llanthony Bridge, over the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal at Gloucester Docks. In the background is Llanthony Warehouse. Built in 1873, this was the last, and biggest, warehouse built at the docks. It now houses the National Waterways Museum.

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