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Hello, we’re Hannah, Zofia and Sam the new Window on the World project assistants. It may have been a while since you last heard about the project but we're going to keep you updated on its latest developments!
For those who don’t know, Window on the World is a project at the National Waterways Museum that will open up and interpret Ellesmere Port’s historic slipway and secure the future of the two nationally historic boats George and Mossdale.
The historic slipway is currently a derelict space predominantly used for storage and is out of bounds to visitors. Once opened up, our visitors will be taken back in time to explore the slipway when it was a significant part of a thriving port.
We will restore and interpret the workshop, winch house and superintendent’s office which will enable us to tell the tales of the people who worked on the site. We will also be working with interpretive designers to create an augmented reality experience. This will interpret Mossdale’s story and the importance of the Mersey Flat to Ellesmere Port and the North West.
George is the last remaining all wooden Leeds & Liverpool horse-drawn short boat. She is currently undergoing restoration at a boatyard in Totnes so that she looks exactly as she did in her working days. George will be placed back on to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal next summer between Liverpool and Wigan where school and community groups will learn about her history and cargo.
Hello, we’re Hannah and Zofia, the project assistants (curatorial). We have been appointed to undertake the research on all aspects of the project which will help us to develop the interpretation and exhibitions for the Window on the World.
This research has been really varied and we have primarily been based here at the National Waterways Museum. However, our research has taken us further afield to Wigan Archives and Local Studies, Barnoldswick and Manchester to name a few. From our research so far we have established the original configuration of George’s cabin which we will be recreated.
Hi, I am Sam! I am the project assistant (learning and outreach). This means that I get to work with local children and the local community, helping them become a part of Window on the World.
I am currently based at the National Waterways Museum, but you may also spot me out on the towpath on the Leeds and Liverpool scoping out fun places for George to moor when she gets back on the water. I have already been on some interesting field trips, doing some learning myself about how we can interpret George’s journey and cargo, as well as the important significance of Ellesmere Port.
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The National Waterways Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 years. With sites at Ellesmere Port and Gloucester, the museum holds over 12,000 historic objects and 68 historic boats and is designated by the Arts Council England as of national importance. The National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port is also home to the Waterways Archive including over 100,000 papers, drawings photographs, plans and books relating to the waterways – a vital part of our national cultural heritage.