Ready for their close-ups...

The weeks leading up to Christmas were a tad hectic…the Mossdale lift was looming, Santa was cruising the canal, and I was literally up to my eyeballs in paper, books and files (New Years Res - keep desk tidy!) However, these were fruitful weeks for Window on the World; we were lucky enough to have Severn Partnership at the Museum, to capture the essence of Mossdale & George on camera…

Severn Partnership is a firm of Chartered Land Surveyors who survey, measure and monitor to produce high quality plans, sections and elevations; they use the latest robotic survey equipment, 3D laser scanning technology & 3D modelling software in their work – so we were thrilled to see them here at the Museum, getting acquainted with our very own Mossdale and George.

We enlisted the expertise of Severn Partnership as part of our Window on the World project, to allow us to obtain detailed scans of the vessels, including their exact dimensions. These scans can then be used for interpreting these historic wide boats and can be accessioned to the Waterways Archive as part of the recording of the collection.

It’s no secret that I’m the polar opposite of a technology wizard (I usually repel it, in fact!), but it was an interesting contrast seeing such ultra-modern equipment on board our ageing historic boats. The surveyors were more than happy to chat about their work as they clambered on and off Mossdale and George. One of the surveyors, Jess, even ventured down into George’s cabin, which I’m told was a rather dirty, dark and damp experience requiring a ladder to get out.

I must say, the results were amazing! (See below for the 3D scan of Mossdale) It was great to see such intricate scans of both boats, including the inside of their cabin quarters. These unique scans will be invaluable in assisting the conservators and restorers of Mossdale and George in the near future.

Many thanks to Severn Partnership for all their hard work! 

News alert! Next time I blog, I’ll be reporting about a certain boat lift which has been on the horizon since I started my post back in April – exciting stuff! Watch this space…


Last date edited: 8 January 2014

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National Waterways Museum

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.


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