Prince steams into Cumbria to open heritage museum
THE Prince of Wales officially opened the new Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in the Lake District today.
The museum opened to the public in March following a £20 million development by Lakeland Arts working with architect Carmody Groarke and exhibition designer Real Studios.
On arrival, His Royal Highness enjoyed a Windermere folk song performed by local school children before being greeted by Mrs Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant for Cumbria, who presented Martin Ainscough (chairman, Lakeland Arts), Rhian Harris (chief executive, Lakeland Arts) and Liz Moss (chief operating officer, Lakeland Arts).
The Prince was then given a tour of the new museum which tells the story of 200 years of boats, boating and boat building in the Lake District through its internationally significant collection that reflects themes of technical, social and business development in one of England’s most picturesque settings.
During the tour he viewed Branksome, the boat which he sailed aboard when opening the previous museum on the same site, Windermere Steamboat Museum, in 1977. Built in 1896 Branksome is the flagship of the Windermere Jetty collection and is one of the finest surviving steam launches in the world.
The Prince then met the conservation team including staff and volunteers in the conservation workshop, where he saw the work being undertaken to enable additional vessels from the nationally important collection to go on display both on and off the water.
Following a walk through the boat yard, he stepped out on to one of the museum's jetties to see Edwardian steam launch Osprey, originally built as a private pleasure boat in 1902, fully steamed and back on the water having been restored by the conservation team.
The visit concluded with a reception in the cafe before the Prince unveiled a commemorative slate plaque overlooking the lake.
During his day in Cumbria, His Royal Highness, also visited the Pirelli plant in Carlisle to mark its 50th year of operation.
He was welcomed by HM Trade Commissioner for Europe, Andrew Mitchell, the Ambassador of Italy in the United Kingdom, Raffaele Trombetta, the executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera, together with a number of senior managers and many Pirelli employees.