Windermere Jetty is a spectacular museum on the shores of Windermere that reflects industry and engineering in the Lake District National Park.  It is part of Lakeland Arts, one of the most significant arts and heritage organisations in the North of England, with a national and international reputation for the quality of its historic buildings, museum and gallery collections, and programming.

Windermere Jetty Museum

A working destination, committed to conserving, saving and sharing its internationally important collection of historic boats, it also showcases the sights, smells and sounds of life on the lake.

As a Shipshape North Hub, the museum offers a range of activities and services available to local historic vessel owners, skilled craftsmen, businesses, heritage organisations, training bodies and maritime enthusiasts.  

Find out more about the Windermere Jetty Museum and the conservation of their extensive vessel collection. 

What is a Shipshape Hub? 

NHS-UK have partnered with eight organisations across the UK to act as Shipshape Hubs for their region. Hubs are Shipshape ambassadors that aim to bring organisations and individual vessel projects together, host activities and assist the sector to achieve more in the local area. In direct association with NHS–UK, the Hub carries out Network-related projects, supports the sector and helps attract funds, giving advice to Network members.

Download our Hub leaflet for more information.

Hub Services and Activities 

Sharing knowledge and expertise - Offering advice and guidance to anyone undertaking conservation projects or funding applications.

Network events - Fostering links across the region.

Representing Shipshape North - Championing the North's maritime heritage at local and national events. 

Get in touch

Contact your Hub to find out more about their activities and services. 

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Latest News

May 2022

This month, we were delighted to host our first Shipshape Network North Hub event at the Windermere Jetty Museum. The day brought together vessel owners, conservation projects, businesses, and craftsmen throughout the North of England to celebrate the region's rich and diverse maritime heritage, share expertise and connect local groups. It was also an opportunity for attendees to find out more about the Windermere Jetty Museum's North Hub role, working with us to provide facilities and services to the local area. You can find out more about the Shipshape Network and our Hub initiative here.

During the morning speakers' session, we heard from an array of vessel projects to discuss a number of key issues facing the sector including conservation management, wellbeing, reaching new audiences, and digital skills. Our speakers included:

  • Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime Heritage project
  • Friends of LV50 – Creating learning resources
  • The National Museum of the Royal Navy - Conserving RML 497
  • Stuart Norton – creating a 3D model of historic vessels
  • Daniel Adamson Preservation Society – How can historic craft nurture wellbeing?
  • Ship Happens – Developing a story around your project  
  • Steam Tug Kerne – maintaining a historic vessel with a volunteer workforce

This was followed by a networking lunch and an afternoon guided tour of the museum, led by Senior Conservation Boatbuilder Stephen Beresford and his team, and a very special trip out on steam launch Osprey - one of the finest examples of Edwardian design and elegance. 

Watch this special film of the day created by Gemma and Simon from the Ship Happens team.

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Launching Windermere Jetty Museum as the North Hub

On 1st June, NHS-UK launched the Windermere Jetty Museum as the Hub for the North region of the Shipshape Network! 

The virtual launch took place across the NHS-UK and Windermere Jetty Museum social media channels, where we explored some of the museum’s historic collections and heard how they can support local heritage groups through conservation, training and advice. 

Rhian Harris, Chief Executive of Lakeland Arts, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching the Shipshape Network Hub for the North today and deepening our partnership with National Historic Ships. We look forward to the exciting opportunities this new venture will bring and to sharing and building knowledge with the networks and fellow Hubs across the UK.’ 

Hannah Cunliffe, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said: 'The four new Shipshape hubs will act as our ambassadors on the ground, promoting our conservation principles and bringing together external maritime projects to form a local nucleus.  As we enter the second decade of the Shipshape Network, I'm excited to be working in partnership with these organisations to ensure we keep alive the traditional skills and infrastructure which our historic vessels rely on'. 

The launch included a behind the scenes Instagram live tour of the collection and conservation workshop by Senior Conservation Boat Builder Stephen Beresford! Catch up on Stephen’s tour here: 

Follow the hashtags #ShipshapeNetworkNorth #HubLaunch across our social media channels to revisit the launch and find out more about how the Windermere Jetty Museum can support your historic vessel projects in the North. 

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