News article created on 25 October 2019

Refurbishment of museum in Gloucester

In 2018 the National Waterways Museum Gloucester unveiled the final stage of its 3.5 year refurbishment.

Gloucester Docks and the National Waterways Museum Gloucester

The National Waterways Museum, Gloucester has undergone a 3.5 year refurbishment, which began with new galleries opened in 2016. In 2018, the museum’s 30th year, the final phase was completed with the unveiling of a bright new 7m high, 10m wide glass entrance area, complete with seating and café facilities. 

Each year the museum welcomes thousands of visitors from the local area and across the UK. The new entrance gives them somewhere to sit, enjoy refreshments and admire the Grade II listed grain warehouse from a new perspective. An open window in the floor above also gives visitors a different view, as well as providing a reminder of the warehouse’s working past, when its many windows were unglazed for ventilation.

Museum visitors will be also be kept cool in summer and cosy in winter thanks to roof light windows that automatically open and close in response to the weather.

This latest stage in the £1.4m project at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with work undertaken by local Gloucester contractors Barnwood General Works.

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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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