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Theft from the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

We are saddened that, sometime between 9 and 12 February, eleven exhibits were stolen from the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.

We are working with the police and have temporarily closed the Island Warehouse within the museum where many smaller objects from our Collection are displayed, and where the theft occurred, whilst a security review is completed.

The items stolen include a model boat along with several small model engines and three large ‘Tilly’ lamps.

We understand that a closure of part of our museum is disappointing for visitors and thank everyone affected for their patience and support. We hope people appreciate how serious such a theft is and the importance of the investigation and security review currently taking place.

Holding 90% of the UK's inland waterways Collection, including some 15,000 objects and more than 50 boats, the National Waterways Museum is much-loved and tells a unique story. We recently carried out a significant exercise cataloguing our collection, so we were able to identify quickly which items were missing.

If you have any information about the theft, please speak to the police or contact us directly at the National Waterways Museum.

Last Edited: 27 February 2024

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