TWO boats of national importance lying in the National Waterways Museum are to be restored.

The venture follows a £147,300 grant to The Canal and River Trust from the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the ‘Window on the World’ project developed by staff and volunteers at the museum.

This will enable the restoration of Mossdale and George, two of the most important boats in the museum’s designated collection for use as an educational outreach facility and educational resource for schools and visitors.

The wider ‘Window on the World’ project will open up Ellesmere Port’s historic slipway to the public for the first time.

The project, which is expected to contribute to the wider regeneration of the Ellesmere Port waterfront, will also develop opportunities for greater interpretation and visitor facilities at the museum to bring to life the story of the history of the canal network and its links to the Mersey Estuary.

Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West, said: “I’m delighted that this award will preserve Mossdale and George and pass on experiences from our working past to future generations.”