Waterways Museum Notes
The following links lead to notes prepared
by the Friends of the Gloucester Waterways Museum to provide a convenient
resource for Museum staff and volunteers.
1 Waterways Background
Waterways - a brief
history of the role of waterways in Britain.
1.2 Life on a Working Narrow Boat - living
conditions for a boatman and his family.
2 Museum Exhibits
2.1 Opening Miscellany -
a figurehead, canals and wildlife.
2.2 Life on the
Boats - objects related to working life on narrow boats.
– engineers, structures and navvies.
Operation – management and maintenance.
2.5 Waterways for Leisure – pleasure
craft and books.
to the Sea – the River Severn and connecting canals.
2.7 Warehousing – containers,
handling aids and weighing machines.
2.8 Level Three - roses
& castles, water management, tunnels and dredging.
Propulsion – horse power, sail, steam engines and internal
2.10 Vessels & Maintenance
- boats, barges, sailing vessels, etc.
3 Museum Boats
3.1 Steam Dredger SND
No 4 - maintained the depth of the Gloucester & Sharpness
3.2 Tug Severn Progress - towed boats
and barges on the River Severn.
3.3 Barge Sabrina 5
- carried vital cargoes between Avonmouth and Stourport.
Boat Northwich - worked on the canals between London and
3.5 Narrow Boat Wye - a late design
with many original features.
3.6 Motor Boat Oak -
carried cargoes between Gloucester and the Midlands.
Narrow Boat - an experiment that was not successful.
Boats - Spindrift 3, Hesketh, Renton, ice boat and concrete
Boats - Queen Boadicea II and King Arthur.
4 Museum Surroundings
4.1 Cranes - Balmforth,
Tardebigge, Ellis, Gibbins, Henderson.
Railways - Lines
& turntables, fireless locomotive and wagons.
4.3 Ancilliary Buildings - Llanthony
Yard, Fielding Engine, Off-site Store.
5 Additional Information
Dredger in Action - more about dredger
operation and a sinking (3.7MB).
Barge Sabrina Story - more about the barges in action.
Docks & the Sharpness Canal - past and present.
Docks - a brief history.
Docks - interpretation panels
Severn - a basic story board
Up Country - by narrow boat to the Midlands.
Waterways Museum - official site.
Gallery - images of exhibits.