Windermere Jetty | The Museum

The Museum

Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is to be a fabulous destination on the lake where boating heritage comes to life. Steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record-breaking speed boats are exhibited in the Boathouse, on the water, and in the large exhibition space. Every day the conservation team will be in action in the Workshop. 

We will give visitors a ‘behind the scenes’ look at objects awaiting conservation. Visitors will hear tales of the boat-builders and owners, their lives and adventures while learning about the fascinating developments in design and technology. Windermere Jetty will have exciting learning and community programmes for children and adults and provide a wide variety of training opportunities.

Windermere Jetty is currently under construction but the museum has a long legacy dating back to the 1940's.

1940s onwards: George Pattinson collects Windermere boats, often saving boats that were at risk

1970: Windermere Nautical Trust is formed

1977: Windermere Steamboat Museum opens

1982: Museum is extended

1987: Windermere Fire Station dating from 1880 is moved to the site

2006: Museum closes after being open for 29 years

2007 to 2008: Lakeland Arts Trust places the boat collection into safe storage and commissions a masterplan for the site

2011: Lakeland Arts Trust secures a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and commences fundraising programme

2013: The Heritage Lottery Fund awards Lakeland Arts a capital grant to build the new Museum and secure the future of the collection

2013: Museum is renamed Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

2015: Construction work starts in November

For the latest construction progress see our News.