Vanguard VML Group Supports Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Vanguard VML Group were commissioned by Lakeland Arts to move and install into their museum facility an exceptional collection of boats and other historic artefacts which tells the story of 200-years of boats, boating and boat building in the Lake District.

Vanguard VML Group worked closely with the boat mount cradle contractor (The Workhaus) during the installation of boats, suspended floor and wall mounts, project managing this work throughout and controlling all health and safety aspects. Our key piece of equipment on this project was the extensive use of our 60T lift system which made the installation look easy but enabled us to demonstrate our core engineering skills and wealth of experience from our site team. We are proud to be supporting such a fine cultural institution and to have worked with the museum on their development.

Windermere Jetty opened on 23 March 2019 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, out on the lake itself, and in the exhibition galleries. The Sir John Fisher Foundation Conservation Workshop enables visitors to see live conservation of the boats as they are restored and repaired to go back on the water or on display. The team use traditional boat building, engineering and boat finishing skills and extend the skills and opportunities through training, apprentice and volunteer programmes that train the next generation. 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 The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (DCMS), 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.

Lakeland Arts was founded in 1957 and is dedicated to the highest quality presentation of the region’s outstanding heritage alongside international contemporary art. Lakeland Arts operates across four unique sites. In addition to Windermere Jetty, Lakeland Arts runs Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere. Blackwell is MH Baillie Scott’s greatest house and retains much of its original panelling, stained glass and decoration.