Heritage Open Day 2016

On Friday 9 September, the staff at Windermere Jetty were excited to be able to offer 140 people a rare opportunity.

Staff and volunteers came together to provide these lucky visitors with the chance to see behind the scenes at Windermere Jetty. Each group was met at the entrance, where each person received their trendy hi-vis vest and hard hat, which had to be worn for the duration of their tour. Groups were then taken to the Conservation Workshop, where they were given a tour and a talk by our Conservation team. Visitors were able to see how work is progressing on the boats in the collection, with a particular focus on Branksome and Osprey. Visitors were also shown how computer programmes are helping to map the shape of the ferry Mary-Anne, which is helping with the conservation work that needs to take place on the boat.

Following this, each group was treated to a tour of the construction site and were able to see how work has progressed since building started in November 2015. Visitors were able to see that all of the frames for the buildings are now in place and were able to stand in what will be the Learning Centre, whilst our team answered their questions. It’s not often that a construction company will allow so many visitors on site whilst they are working, which is why this part of the tour was such an exciting addition to the day. 

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