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.
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.
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
They might look like overgrown weeds but the fern-like plants growing
on the dock wall are of national importance!
from Kew Gardens and a local fern specialist noticed the plants
quietly enjoying the greenhouse conditions under the large curved
the plants growing there are:
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
- common polypody
- male fern bracken
- hart's tongue fern
don't expect to see a giant display of greenery in the museum -
the plants are just a quirky bonus feature!
ferns growing in the dock wall.
the Dock Museum website to find out how
to get there.
The Dock Museum
Tel: 01229 894444
us about your visit to the Dock Museum or send us your digital photos!
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can include them for others to enjoy.