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Adopt an object at National Waterways Museum Gloucester

The National Waterways Museum Gloucester is housed in Llanthony Warehouse situated in the heart of Gloucester Docks. It has recently re-opened after a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant which saw the displays and the warehouse building itself refurbished, a new entrance added and the Sabrina 5 barge, part of the National Historic Fleet just like the Cutty Sark and HMS Victory) refurbished to offer temporary exhibition space and a venue for education and hires.


Now we have got the infrastructure sorted we need to bring our museum to life and make sure that all our objects get the care and attention they deserve. And this is where you can help!


What's involved?

We need people to adopt an object from our collections. Like when you adopt an animal at the zoo you won’t be able to take the object home (you’d need a big bath for our boats anyway!) but you still will be doing an important job to get it looked after and there are still practical things that you can do.


We have some objects that we can direct you to, that we feel are more urgently in need of adopting than others, but we are keen that you pick an object that has a special significance or draw for you. Whether you adopt an object that is on display or in stores, there will be an opportunity to clean it under supervision and if appropriate re-pack it safely. You’ll be able to photograph your object and do some further research on it to help us and the public better understand its story and its role in the history of Gloucester’s docks and Waterways. Your final information would be added to our Museum catalogue to help researchers in the future.


For an informal chat about this volunteer challenge please email

Why get involved?

This is a great opportunity to gain and practice object handling and basic conservation skills. This may be useful if you are considering a career in Museums or Heritage, or have similar old and precious objects that you look after in your own home. You’ll get to practice your photography and research skills and put together a final piece of information about the object which will be used by future researchers. In doing this you’ll be refining and practicing your information gathering and report compiling skills. Best of all you’ll be making a vital contribution in looking after a vital piece of Gloucester’s history.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge

   3.  Await a response from the National Waterways Museum Gloucester with more information 

Ideal Skills

  • Conservation
  • Research

Ideal Interests

  • Conservation
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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