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Windermere Jetty Museum

Client: Lakeland Arts

We powered-up both our collection and spatial analysis skills to boost the storytelling appeal of the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, owned by Lakeland Arts. Our interpretation is visible across the whole museum site, but especially in the boathouse, where the complex, fascinating and eclectic collection of boats is now organised thematically, bringing to life the story of a unique site, a special kind of collector and 200 years of boats, boating and boat building in the Lake District.

The £20m project, £13m given by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, takes the form of a cluster of buildings designed by architects Carmody Groarke, with whom we worked closely to ensure that the boathouse could accommodate and display the vessels to best effect.  Our bespoke display furniture and simple palette of materials complement the concrete, white-walled and copper clad sheds. Boats are positioned to maximise views inside, and people stories are brought to life alongside with objects and AV to convey the changing eras of boating on Windermere.

With a strong and coherent story and identity, inside high-quality visitor spaces, we have helped to build for Windermere a 21st century visitor attraction.

Our role:

  • Interpretation Master Planning

  • Funding Bid Support

  • Exhibition Design

  • Software Design Concept & Creative Direction

  • Graphic Design with Surface 3

  • Lighting Design with DHA Designs

  • Exhibition Structural Engineering with Knapp Hicks

  • Overseeing Installation

Photo credits

Image 1 - Christian Richter

Image 2 - Marcus Ginns

Images 5, 6 & 7 - Jan Chlebik

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