Wooden Boat Gathering 2022 – Windermere Jetty Museum

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
May 6, 2022 - May 8, 2022

The Wooden Boat Gathering is organised by The Wooden Boat Trade Association and hosted by the award-winning Windermere Jetty Museum.

The Wooden Boat Gathering theme for 2022 is ‘Ensuring the future for boats made of wood’.

Four eminent speakers are offering a varied programme of talks on Saturday and Sunday.

Stephen Beresford will be talking about conserving Windermere’s historic boats and the Windermere Jetty Project from a boat builder’s point of view.

Stephen is the lead conservator at Windermere Jetty Museum. He is responsible for boat conservation, heritage engineering and ‘on-water’ activities. Since 2015, Stephen has managed all aspects of vessel conservation and restoration for Lakeland Arts, allowing them to successfully open a new world-class museum in 2019, Windermere Jetty. The museum cares for an internationally important collection of more than 40 vessels, including twelve of the finest examples of Victorian and Edwardian steamboats worldwide. Some of the boats have been restored to operational condition, including steam launch Osprey built in 1902, Motor launch Penelope II built in 1930 and speedboat Jane, a Chris Craft Special Race 16, built in 1937.

Stephen is also a member of the WBTA and runs a small boat-building business, Good Wood Boat Company, producing two or three small boats per year. He works with classic racing dinghy one-design associations, sailing clubs, and private individuals building race measured replicas of heritage classes, including Tideway, National Redwing, International 12-foot dinghy, GP14 and others.

Stephen is also a member of National Historic Ships UK’s Council of Experts.

Other speakers:

Andrew Wolstenholme will talk about his approach to modern design techniques;

Iain (Tolly) Tolhurst will tell his story of building ‘Naida’ from locally sourced timber;

Iain Oughtred will speak about his long and successful career as one of the most highly regarded small boat designers in the world.

On Saturday evening, there is a delicious Cumbrian Buffet in the Museum, which will be an excellent opportunity to discuss wooden boats and boatbuilding.

Museum staff will be leading tours of both Museum and the conservation workshops on Saturday and Sunday.