Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is a unique destination on the lake where you can immerse yourself in the boating heritage of Windermere and see the internationally important collection of boats on land and on water. Immerse yourself in The Hold, a ‘behind the scenes’ look at objects awaiting conservation or explore the exhibition where you will see steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record breaking speed boats. You can find out about the people that built and owned the boats, discover stories of adventure on the lake or learn more about how boats were built to go faster.
You can even visit the Conservation Workshop to see our conservation team in action. You’ll find out what is happening in the workshop that day, learn about how we make conservation decisions and see how traditional wooden boat building skills are used to conserve the collection. From here, visit the heart of the museum and see boats on the water in the traditional setting of The Boathouse. See steam launches and motorboats bobbing on the lake and maybe even take a trip out one of the historic boats.
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