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Window on the world

Meet carpenter Henry Leadbetter, boatwoman Harriet Price and superintendent Levi William Lindop who made their living in the docks. Or at least, meet their ghosts…

Window on the world characters Ellesmere Port Window on the world characters Ellesmere Port

Not one of our special Halloween events but the latest augmented reality that lets you see and hear the real stories of what it was like here in Ellesmere when it was a dirty, noisy, busy port.

Window on the world at Ellesmere PortDownload the app before your visit. Search National Waterways Museum in either the App Store or Play Store.

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Grant funded project

Thanks to a grant of £790,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £122,161 from AIM Biffa Award grant scheme as well as invaluable match funding of over £50,000 from the Wolfson Foundation, we have created a truly interactive experience we like to call - ‘Window on the World’.

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This fascinating experience tells the story of Ellesmere Port. It’s location here meant it was perfect as a link between the 2,000 miles of inland waterways and the River Mersey Estuary and the world markets beyond. Where goods and products pouring out of the North West industrial powerhouses of Manchester, Stoke and the like, could be shipped between canal barges and onto seagoing ships.

However, this amazing grant has helped us do even more with new exhibitions on the historic slipway, restoration projects for some of our visitors’ favourite historic boats and more…

As a charity, the Canal & River Trust can only continue to care for and preserve our wonderful waterways' history with the help of our dedicated volunteers and your donations.

Last date edited: 5 October 2017