by John Moss
Boat Museum Ellesmere Port
Road, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, Cheshire L65 4ERF. Tel: 0151-355
multiple and international award winning museum is a must for all
canal-lovers as well as being of great interest to the whole family.
You may spend the day wandering freely around the old dockyard and
go aboard many of its preserved working boats to see how the old navigators
of Britain's Inland Waterways lived and worked. Or else there are
guided tours and demonstrations taking place frequently throughout
the day. There are over 60 boats and ships afloat, as well as standing
boats, and these include narrow and wide beam boats, barges, tugs,
icebreakers, wooden, steel and concrete boats. You can see many being
restored and watch the blacksmith at work, or visit the engine house
where many great steam and diesel engines are preserved in running
order. There are static exhibitions with scale models and displays,
video presentations and examples of canal craft and boat painting.
Ample toilet facilities on site and refreshments at a café and a full
(no smoking) restaurant. Regular 40 minute boat trips down the locks
into the lower basin and other locking demonstrations are held periodically
throughout the day. For the serious student there is an archive collection
Entrance charges apply, currently about £6.00 per adult with concessions
for children, families and Senior Citizens (prices may change - please
check). A full shop containing gifts, postcards, books and chandlery
is available at the entrance.
From Manchester centre southwards via Princess Road and Princess Parkway
to join the M56 Motorway. 40 miles or so and branch off at Junction
15 onto the M53 Motorway for a few miles to Ellesmere Port - the town
and the Boat Museum are clearly signposted - look out for the Brown
Tourist Signs. Travel time by car is about 45 minutes - 1 hour, depending
on day and traffic. Open 7 days a week all year round.
Mooring is available in the Lower Basin for visitors arriving via
the Shropshire Union Canal.
Street, Uppermill, Oldham. Tel: 01457-874 093 and 01457-870 336.
This museum, is in the centre of Uppermill Village on the A670 road
east of Oldham town centre. It deals with the landscape and history
of the Saddleworth area including surrounding towns of Uppermill
and Diggle as well as the peat moorlands surrounding them. There
is a permanent exhibition of textile making machinery, reflecting
Saddleworth's past industry - now sadly defunct.
It is open every day, and there is an admission charge payable.
Set alongside the recently restored and reopened Huddersfield
Canal, canal trips by narrowboat are available from the towpath
side of the Museum in the summertime, up as far as the Brownhill
Visitor Centre and return, passing under Saddleworth Viaduct. There
is a Tourist Information Centre and small café on site.
Regiment of Fusiliers Museum
known as the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum
Bury BL9 0DF. Tel: 0161-763 8950. Email: email@example.com.
Bury museum traces the 300 year
history of the Lancashire Fusiliers from 1688 to 1968. On display
is a great deal of important military memorabilia including items
which belonged to James Wolfe, the Battle of Minden, Napoleonic relics,
mementoes of the Crimean War, the Battle of Omdurman, South African
memorabilia of the 1914-18 Great War, and more generally of the Second
There is also a collection of military uniforms from Waterloo (1814)
to the present day, and a unique collection of medals and silver which
includes 4 Victoria Crosses, from 1688 to the present day. Access
to archive material is possible to serious scholars for research purposes
by prior arrangement.
The museum was moved from Wellington Barracks to the centre of Bury,
and opened on 27th June 2009. The museum has a new collection, that
of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Although the Regiment was formed
in 1968, this is the first time the Regiment has had its own museum
and place to commemorate its history from the streets of Northern
Ireland to Afghanistan, the Regiment's most recent operational deployment.
charge is payable. Telephone for opening times.
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