In Spring 2018 once the Longshed has been fitted out, Woodbridge Riverside Trust plans to set up a new Maritime Heritage Centre in the open gallery overlooking the workshop as a space to explore:
- the heritage and science of ship design and construction
- how rivers and the sea influenced people’s lives, from Roman times to the twenty first century – looking from boats that are being constructed or maintained in the workshop, along the River to the Thames estuary, North Sea and beyond.
People of all ages and abilities will have opportunities to take part in research projects, try things out using interactive models and tools, join workshops and talks led by experts on topics such as:
- what factors are important in building boats for different purposes and how boat construction has changed over time
- how boats have been used as transport for produce and for people
- where people travelled to and from Suffolk in boats
The first stages of what is likely to be a 3-year project will involve developing and testing out ideas for activities in the Longshed Maritime Heritage Centre. The photos below show the sorts of things that go on in other places:
Woodbridge Riverside Trust has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to help get things started but the skills and enthusiasm of the participants and volunteers who help run the project will ultimately shape what happens.
If you would like to be involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org