Windermere Steamboat Museum
The Windermere Steamboat Museum was opened in 1977 by George Pattinson, a local builder and boat collector, and was located on the former Sand and Gravel Wharf between Bowness-on-Windermere and the town of Windermere, on the eastern shore of Windermere in Cumbria, England. In 2007, the museum was taken over by the Lakeland Arts Trust, a local charity, in order to restore the collection and redevelop the site. The Trust also runs Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Blackwell and the Museum of Lakeland Life.
In December 2011, the Lakeland Arts Trust announced that they are working with the architects Carmody Groarke to redevelop the site and create a series of new buildings to house the boats and a conservation workshop where they will be restored and maintained.
The Museum's collection of boats comprises
- Two dugout boats dating from between 1200 and 1320;
- Five yachts charting sailing on the lake from the 18th Century to late 20th Century;
- An 1870 Windermere ferry boat and copper ore barge;
- Ten steamboats ranging in age from 1850 to 1907, including some of the National Historic Fleet;
- Seven rowing boats and a group of canoes;
- Seven motor boats and six speed boats.
The Museum is not currently open to visitors as redevelopment work is ongoing.
The Museum is to re-open in 2017 under the new name Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.