Following a £20million development by Lakeland Arts working with award-winning architects Carmody Groarke, the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened in March this year. Located within the Lake District National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the museum displays an internationally important collection of 40 boats that reflect themes of technical, social and business development in one of England’s most picturesque settings.
Designed by UK based architects Carmody Groarke, the museum was one of the first contemporary buildings to be constructed on the shores of Windermere in over 50 years. A cluster of seven buildings, Windermere Jetty is clad in copper with sculptural silhouettes that frame stunning views of England’s largest lake. SCP Contracts worked with Carmody Groarke to specify a range of furniture for the museum’s cafe, its offices as well as its learning centre.
The new museum tells the story of 200 years of boats, boating and boat building in the Lake District through its internationally significant collection. Owned by Lakeland Arts, the collection of over 40 vessels is the only one of its kind in the world. For the first time, over half of the collection – ranging from Victorian steam launches to record-breaking speedboats from the 1980s – will be on display.