09/05/2019 PRESS RELEASE: Windermere Jetty to light up the lake

9 May 2019

Venue joins nationwide Museums at Night festival on 17 May

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories will open late for the very first time on Friday 17 May.
As well as seeing an internationally significant collection of vessels that tell the story of boats and boat building in the Lake District, visitors will enjoy a night of light.
Visitors can watch the sun set over the lake with a glass of wine or sample the museum’s very own Branksome Blonde beer.
They can also enjoy light projections and hear sea shanties by Steve Grundy.
Visitors can make and decorate their own paper boat while ‘Conservation Conversations’ will enable visitors to find out more about the important and specialist boat conservation work at the museum.
Museums at Night is a nationwide festival which sees cultural institutions throw open their doors after hours. Windermere Jetty will extend its opening until 9pm on Friday 17 May
Catherine Clapham, Windermere Jetty deputy manager, said: “We are really excited about opening the museum late on the 17 May. People can visit the museum out of hours, soak up the maritime history of Windermere, while enjoying fantastic twilight views.
“As well as enjoying the museum we hope to generate a special family atmosphere during the evening.
“Our café will be serving delicious Cumberland hot dogs (and veggie options) along with our usual range of scrumptious cakes and treats. Hot drinks will be on offer, perfect for enjoying on our lakeside terrace and watching the sun set over the lake.”
Stunning visual projections created during recent Light up the Lakes workshops at the museum will also wow visitors.
Usual entry fees apply for museum entry and Conservation Conversation (Adults £9, Children (under 16)  £7, 1 adult family ticket (1 adult and up to 3 children £18), 2 adult family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children £27), Aged four and under free.
Entry to café and other areas free of charge. Parking free of charge 5pm to 9pm. Book online or turn-up on the evening. More information: www.windermerejetty.org
Notes to editors:
For further information contact Dickie Felton dfelton@lakelandarts.org.uk. 07706166787.
Lakeland Arts:
Lakeland Arts has a portfolio of galleries and museums in the Lake District. It’s venues are Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened on 23 March 2019. www.lakelandarts.org.uk

About Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories:
Windermere Jetty sits on the site of a former sand and gravel wharf dock, and the historic boat museum that George Pattinson opened in 1977. Visitors will see boats on water in the Boathouse, and out on the lake itself and in the exhibition galleries. The Sir John Fisher Foundation Conservation Workshop is open, enabling visitors to see live conservation of the boats as they are restored and repaired to go back on the water or on display.
The museum continues traditional boatbuilding skills here and will involve apprentices, trainees and young people in keeping a traditional industry alive. Through the learning and skills development programme, science, engineering and ecology will meet the arts and culture to explore the collection and the site’s beautiful surrounding landscape.
The museum includes the Wolfson Learning Centre, shop, lakeside café and temporary, as well as permanent, exhibition spaces. Lakeland Arts took over the old museum in 2007, after it had closed the previous year. Eleven of the boats were allocated to Lakeland Arts by HM Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme and the rest of the historic boats and a wealth of other objects were transferred from the Windermere Nautical Trust.
The development of Windermere Jetty has been made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (DCMS) – channeled through the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Regional Growth Fund, Rural Development Programme for England and is also generously supported by The Sir John Fisher Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, South Lakeland District Council, The Headley Trust, Foyle Foundation, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd., J P Getty Jnr Charitable Trust and other trusts, companies and individuals.

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