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Windermere Steamboat Museum secures £9.4m from UK Heritage Lottery Fund

Windermere Steamboat Museum in the UK's Lake District has been awarded a grant of £9.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the development of the new museum, with construction now set to start next year.

Carmody Groarke was chosen to design the project by Lakeland Arts following a win in the RIBA design competition held in 2011.

The funding, combined with the match funding rasied to date, will enable Lakeland Arts to continue developing the plans for the new museum as a world-class attraction on Windermere including new exhibitions and displays telling the stories of boats and people on the lake. The project includes a new wet dock so visitors can see boats displayed in the water and a publicy viewable conservation workshop.

“Immediate steps are to complete design development of Carmody Groarke's RIBA competition-winning scheme so that construction can start next year,” said Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Lakeland Arts.

“We are looking forward to re-opening the Museum and welcoming visitors to enjoy the wonderful collection of Windermere boats and take part in exciting new activities and events inspired by the collections and beautiful site,” he added.

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