Windermere Jetty has a nationally important collection of historic vessels demonstrating the continuous development of boatbuilding in the Lake District over 200 years from 1745. The collection, however, dates from 1200 all the way through to the late 20th century and is an important part of the dispersed national boat and maritime collection.
The collection was officially recognised as one of national significance when the 11 boats owned by the Windermere Steamboat Museum founder’s family were transferred to Lakeland Arts in 2007 through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme. The collection comprises:
• Two dugout boats dating from between 1200 and 1320 showing the earliest form of boat construction;
• Five yachts charting sailing on the lake from the 18th Century to late 20th Century;
• An 1870 Windermere ferry boat and copper ore barge;
• Ten steamboats ranging in age from 1850 to 1907;
• Seven rowing boats and a group of canoes, demonstrating the development of recreational sport and
• Seven motor boats and six speed boats highlighting the move from steam to petrol and the desire to bid for new waterspeed records from the 1920s through to 1950s;
• Other material including archives, photographs, paintings, craft tools, costume, film and oral recordings which tell the story of the boats, their owners and uses.
Lakeland Arts developed a Conservation Management Plan in 2013, in consultation with National Historic Ships and with advice from Ian Clark Restoration and it is informed by specialist reports prepared before and since Lakeland Arts took over the collection. The Conservation Management Plan sets out how we will care for our collection through the six key methodologies and is demonstrated by case studies for each conservation route. A PDF version of our plan is available to download.
Highlights of the Collection