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Collection Summary

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Maritime Collection
The museum has acquired material relating to the development of the port and docks, which played a key part in the town's development. In addition to documentary evidence, the museum has several boats with local connections; 'Nance', a 1913 Morecambe Bay prawner on permanent display; the' White Rose' racing yacht (1887); the 'Herbert Leigh' lifeboat that served in the 1950s; and the 'Banshee', a 1866 pilot boat/prawner. There is also a selection of souvenirs from ships and shipyards.
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Location Details

Dock Museum
North Road Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PW
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01229 894 444
01229 811 361 
Building Information
The idea of a museum for Barrow began in 1897 and the first items were acquired in 1900. The museum was established originally in the Town Hall and then moved to the Library in 1930, when the first collections from Vickers shipyard were acquired. A new museum was opened in 1994, built into a dry dock and subsequently extended.
Collections Overview
The collections relate to the history of the Barrow area from prehistoric times to the present day. Objects relating to the Barrow shipyard include an extensive photographic record. Themes also cover the iron and steel making industries, Furness Railway, social history, archaeology and fine art.
Display Overview
Permanent displays with ship models and interactive database of 10,000 shipbuilding images. Rolling temporary exhibition programme. Education resource centre.
Star Objects
Collection of 1886-1934 ship models and photographic archive from Vickers shipyard; souvenirs from ships and shipyards.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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