The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum
North Road
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 2PW
England

Website

Website

www.dockmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk

Telephone

01229 876400

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Dock Museum
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Set in a dry dock, the Dock Museum tells the fascinating story of Barrow the Victorian boom town and twentieth century centre of innovation including airships and submarines. A new archaeology gallery explores the area's rich prehistory from stone circles to Viking booty! It's a great day out for all the family.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site, Gallery, Museum, Archive, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 11.00-16.00
Closed: Dec 24,25,26,31 and Jan 1 and on bank holidays

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

On the edge of the English Lake District, Barrow-in-Furness enjoys a coastal setting, with access from the M6 motorway, leaving at junction 36 to follow the A590. Enter Barrow from any direction and follow the brown and white Dock Museum signs.

By rail, finger posting takes you from Barrow station to the Dock Museum via Abbey Road.

Approximately 20,000 objects. Over 50% relate to the shipbuilding, heavy engineering and armaments work of Barrow Shipyard. Other industries represented include iron-mining, iron and steel production and the Furness Railway. Also, extensive social history collections, as well as fine and decorative art, natural history and geology.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Photography, Maritime, Industry, Fine Art, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Dock Museum has a superb collection of ship models donated by the Barrow shipyard. Newly added to the collection is TSS Oriana, a very unusual mechanised model from the early 1960s. The film show is very popular with visitors, six minute films explain the mushroom-like expansion of Barrow in the nineteenth century, today's Barrow and the history of the shipyard.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Poppy

Life on the Home Front

  • 29 March — 30 July 2014 *on now

A temporary exhibition where we look at the little-told story of Barrow's contribution to the First World War: shells, housing shortages and even football.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.dockmuseum.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=504

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Quizzes (KS1 & 2) and Town Trail

http://www.dockmuseum.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=312

Quizzes
The museum has six different quizzes and a master copy can be obtained in advance for photocopying for the class.
Town Trail
Available to download is a Town Trail leaflet created by children for children (available below and from The Dock Museum). A lesson plan prepared by a teacher is also available to download. This could cover History Unit 12 "How did life change in our locality in Victorian times" or Geography Units 3 "Investigating our local area" and/ or Unit 13 "A contrasting UK locality".

How to obtain

Contact Museum for details:
01229 876400 or dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk

Access For All - Special Needs

The Dock Museum spans three floors and is fully accessible to wheelchair users, as is our landscaped waterfront site. We also have a hearing loop on our film show, information in Braille and large print, plus a manual wheelchair available for use during your visit.
Touch tours for those with visual impairments are available if required, whether you are a group or an individual visiting. Please let us know in advance if you require this service.
Parking for disabled drivers is available close to the main entrance and on the main museum car park. If you wish to have a space reserved, please contact us in advance of your visit.

Assistance dogs are welcome.
If you have any special needs pl

How to obtain

Contact Museum for details:
01229 876400 or dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk

Hands On Sessions

http://www.dockmuseum.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=312

Hands-on sessions
There are object handling sessions for:
• 19th century life in Victorian Barrow
• Barrow during the Second World War
There is also a Victorian dressing up session in conjunction with the Victorian tour.
Each object handling session lasts 45 minutes and are free of charge. Booking in advance is essential.

How to obtain

Contact Museum for details:
01229 876400 or dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk

The Teaching Collection Loans Boxes (KS1 & 2)

The museum has a number of collections available for loan to teachers, either in conjunction with a visit to the Dock Museum, or for use with classroom based activities. They are not available by mail order.
This service is provided free of charge. Advanced booking is essential. If you wish to book a loans box please contact us.

How to obtain

Contact Museum for details:
01229 876400 or dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk

Getting there

On the edge of the English Lake District, Barrow-in-Furness enjoys a coastal setting, with access from the M6 motorway, leaving at junction 36 to follow the A590. Enter Barrow from any direction and follow the brown and white Dock Museum signs.

By rail, finger posting takes you from Barrow station to the Dock Museum via Abbey Road.

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