The museum occupies part of a 200-year-old historic dock, originally designed by Thomas Telford. It was a major transshipment point for cargoes travelling between the port of Liverpool and the inland waterway network. It was also the industrial heart of the Ellesmere Port community.
This is one of the largest and most complete dock complexes in the UK, and is well placed to tell the story of the growth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The museum collection further enhances our ability to tell this story through boats, buildings, objects and our archive.