A NEW heritage boatyard is to be unveiled at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.
Tony Hales, chairman of British Waterways, will officially open the boatyard which is to maintain and restore historic boats, develop and pass on heritage skills and engage museum visitors in the boat collection and its care.
Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller, mayor and mayoress Tony and Pat Sherlock and several councillors will be in attendance.
The heritage boatyard is a joint venture between The Waterways Trust, National Waterways Museum and The Boat Museum Society.
A total of £100,000 of funding has been secured toward the creation of the boatyard and restoration of the boat collection.
Roger Hanbury, chief executive of The Waterways Trust, said: “The creation of a heritage boatyard at the National Waterways Museum presents a fantastic opportunity to enrich the visitor experience at the museum, engage and involve young people and to conserve the nationally important historic boat collection.
“Tony Hales, Andrew Miller, the mayor and Cllr Lynn Clare have been strong supporters of the museum and boatyard and we are delighted that they are able to attend this celebratory opening event.”
Steve Stamp, Boat Museum Society chairman, said: “Our ambition is to establish a sustainable working boatyard at the museum.
“As well as maintaining and restoring our historic canal boats, we are also developing and passing on essential heritage skills to a new generation.”