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Barrow Dock Museum
Dock Museum channelside path
The Dock Museum's channelside path.

Barrow Dock Museum is a superb modern flagship building.

Besides bringing Barrow's rich ship building history to life, the museum is a also hub for Furness artists and schoolchildren.

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Intriguing waymarkers
WEB LINKS

Dock Museum
Informative, well designed website. Find out what's on in the museum and gallery plus access the huge Vickers Photo Archive.

Barrow-in-Furness
Information for locals and visitors from the Barrow Borough Council.

Lindal and Marton Community Website
There are very close links between Barrow and the Lindal and Marton area, as shipbuilding came into existence in Barrow largely as a result of the availability of iron ore that was mined out of Lindal and Marton. Find out more on this community website.

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FACTS

The modern museum was built in 1994.

Before that, the collection was housed in the library.

The idea for a Barrow museum was proposed in 1897.

The black markers on the path (see photo above) have a compass needle on the top. All the needles point to magnetic North.

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The whole museum is built over and around an old graving dock. The stepped stonework structure of the dock inside the museum makes it truly unique - and provide perfect conditions for preserving the historic dock.

Best of all, the whole museum - including the art collection and gallery - is totally free-of-charge! The only thing you'll need to fork out for is cuppa or something in the shop.

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Land Waymarker
The Land Waymarker

Enlightenment Rocks
Two unusual outdoor sculptures at the museum go largely unnoticed by most visitors.
What do they mean and who made them?
Find out more about these intriguing waymarkers.


No weedkiller allowed
They might look like overgrown weeds but the fern-like plants growing on the dock wall are of national importance!

A curator from Kew Gardens and a local fern specialist noticed the plants quietly enjoying the greenhouse conditions under the large curved window.

Some of the plants growing there are:

  • trichomanes
  • ruta-murania
  • common polypody
  • male fern bracken
  • hart's tongue fern
The varieties (from the asplenium species) grow in only a handful of UK locations. The museum staff take care to protect the graving dock so it was easy enough to make sure the plants are undisturbed too.

However don't expect to see a giant display of greenery in the museum - the plants are just a quirky bonus feature!

It's not a weed!
Unusual ferns growing in the dock wall.

Visit the Dock Museum website to find out how to get there.

Contact details
The Dock Museum
North Road
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 2PW
Tel: 01229 894444
Email: dockmuseum@barrowbc.gov.uk

Tell us about your visit to the Dock Museum or send us your digital photos!

Email us at cumbria@bbc.co.uk so we can include them for others to enjoy.

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