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The Art of a Steel Boat

Bristol-based photographer Barbara Evripidou turns engineering into art through her stunning images of an historic barge undergoing a major refurbishment.

Event details

24th July 2017 to 20th August 2017

National Waterways Museum Gloucester

River Severn Navigation, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal


National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

The barge, Sabrina 5, was built in 1944 as part of the Ministry of War’s fleet. After a long career carrying cargo around the local waterways the 90ft long vessel came into the museum collection in 1988. Earlier this year Barbara was invited to photograph Sabrina 5’s transformation into an education and visitor centre.

Barbara’s black and white images of the stripped-back barge - with outer layers removed to reveal the structure - show the engineering behind the panels, and tell the story of her construction. Now Sabrina 5 has been rebuilt these elements are once again hidden, making Barbara’s photographs a unique record of a moment in time in the life of the barge.

The museum is open between 10am and 5pm and the exhibition will be open throughout although closed for private bookings and meetings. Please feel free to telephone in advance 01452 318200. 

Adult - £8.50, child - £5.00, 5s and under – Free, concessions (60+ and students) - £7.50 (all tickets include 12 months unlimited entry).



The Art of a Steel Boat Exhibition