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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Maritime Collection
History & tradition of inland waterways and the associated coastal waterways of Great Britain represented by a collection of over 60 boats (canoes, narrowboats, barges, tugs and maintenance craft), tools, engines, horse equipment, models, textiles, ceramics, glass, painted ware.
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Location Details

Boat Museum
South Pier Road Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW
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0151 355 5017
0151 355 4079 
Building Information
Historic dock complex which includes a power hall with steam engines, a blacksmith's forge and stables and 1840s-1950s dock-workers' cottages. The museum, together with the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester and Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne is managed by The Waterways Trust, forming what is known as the National Inland Waterways Collection.
Collections Overview
A Designated Collection of National importance including a wide ranging collection of over 60 crafts, including narrowboats and barges, coastal vessels, tugs and dredgers, coracles and canoes. There is an associated collection of over 5,000 smaller objects and a large archive.
Display Overview
Britain's canal history presented through exhibitions and displays of the world's largest floating collection of inland waterways craft at this award winning canal museum. The majority of the collections are on display and education programmes and associated material are well developed and supported by an extensive archive and library. Upgrade of displays has been carried out over the last several years. Visitors can step on board most of the boats during a visit to the museum. There is also a blacksmith on site most days.
Star Objects
Paintings by Isaiah Atkins, Frank Nurses and Bill Hodgson; Photographic collections of Robert Archman, Eric de Mare and Michael Ware; Inland Waterways Association Archive.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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