Gloucester Waterways Museum

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Gloucester Waterways Museum
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Gloucester Waterways Museum is located in Gloucestershire
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Location of museum in Gloucestershire
Former name
National Waterways Museum, Gloucester
Established1988 (1988)
LocationGloucester Docks
Coordinates51°51′43″N 2°15′10″W / 51.8619°N 2.2528°W / 51.8619; -2.2528Coordinates: 51°51′43″N 2°15′10″W / 51.8619°N 2.2528°W / 51.8619; -2.2528
ArchitectCapel N Tripp
OwnerCanal and River Trust
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameLlanthony Warehouse
Designated14 December 1971
Reference no.1245607

Gloucester Waterways Museum is housed in a Victorian warehouse at Gloucester Docks in the city of Gloucester, England. It is located along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and River Severn.

It is one of several museums and attractions operated by the Canal & River Trust, the successor to The Waterways Trust.


The museum opened in 1988. Formerly known as the "National Waterways Museum, Gloucester", it was one of three museums operated by the Waterways Trust that focussed on the history of canals in Britain. The museum went through extensive refurbishments between 2007 and 2008, adding new galleries.[1] In the summer of 2010 the Gloucester site was renamed the Gloucester Waterways Museum, focussing on the local area. This meant that the museum could apply for funding of a different type from the types that were available to national museums.[2]

The museum features a collection of boats including narrowboats, river barges, canal and river tugs, and a steam-powered dredger. There is also a steam crane and heavy oil engine in the setting of a canal repair yard, which is complete with working machine shop, forge and weighbridge, and a hydraulic accumulator. The museum uses modern interactive techniques and hands-on exhibits, including a model of a section of a canal with working locks.[1]


The Gloucester Waterways Museum is part of Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester, built in 1873. Designed by Capel N Tripp, for local corn merchants, Wait, James & Co.[3] It is a six storey red brick building, with a slate roof and stone lintels and sills.[4] The warehouse would have been used for storing timber, grain and alcohol.[5] The building was designated Grade II listed status on 14 December 1971 and was converted to become the National Waterways Museum in 1987.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Refurbished National Waterways Museum Re-Opens In Gloucester". Culture 24. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ BBC news website - Waterways Museum in Gloucester to lose national status(14 March, 2010)
  3. ^ "Llanthony Wharehouse". Historic England. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  5. ^ Pratt, Derek (2013). "Gloucester Docks". Urban Waterways a Window on to the Waterways of England's Towns and Cities (1st ed.). London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 122. ISBN 9781408140581.

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