National Waterways Museum, Gloucester Docks, England
The National Waterways Museum consists of three museums located in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Gloucester Docks and Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire. Each museum is housed in a historic building in a location rich in canals and waterways heritage. And each sits on a working canal or docks which gives a first-hand insight into how the canals are used today. Collectively the three museums are home to the national waterways collections, the historic boat collection and the national waterways archive. Individually and together they bring canal history to life and preserve this very important aspect of life for the English and the relationship they have with water.
Whilst not necessarily fitting the description set out in the Project brief, the National Waterways Museum offers a fine exemplification of how heritage can be kept alive in a working environment. This collection of museums reinforces a very important cultural dialogue even though it offers a distinct contrast to the heritage of water found in the Mediterranean zone. For this reason, it may well deserve a mention under the banner of establishing peace between different cultures.
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