SL Kittiwake Lakeland Arts

SL Kittiwake (photo courtesy of Lakeland Arts)
(Photos: Mel Winstanley: click on images to enlarge)

In March 2013 LDFAS Heritage Volunteers began a new project at the Windermere Steamboat Museum, part of Lakeland Arts, helping staff to prepare the collection for storage before the site closed for redevelopment in 2014. 


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Buildings prior to redevelopment


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The first project was divided into three sections - listing, photographing and improving storage of the boat plans; copying and repackaging materials from the photograph albums recording life and leisure of people on and around Windermere in the 19th and 20th centuries; and copying and recording original archives in the boat files. 
Margaret Reid, curator
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The project was extended in August 2013 to include cleaning, photographing, measuring and wrapping a variety of interesting items in the collection.  These included items from the steamboats themselves (teapots, seat cushions, curtains, trophy cups and spoons), sections of a 14th century wooden boat, and a collection of swimwear dating from the Edwardian period to the 1950s. 

A second project began in October 2013 with a LDFAS volunteer making Tyvek covers for a large model yacht, a rope splicer and a small boat.  She also made a very useful net which we used to cover costumes when cleaning them to prevent pulling threads.

The project was completed in July 2014 and the collections are now in store during redevelopment of the site and will be returning to the new complex for opening in early 2016.

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