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Yorkshire Waterways Museum closes

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum, which celebrated the history of coastal and inland shipping in the Humber estuary, closed its doors on 15th May after its parent charity also closed, saying it was unable to cover its costs.

The museum was founded in 1980 as one arm of the Sobriety Project, which helps people in rehabilitation from drug or alcohol dependency, as well as other vulnerable adults and children. The charity also ran boat trips, engineering and woodwork shops, and a range of community events. Located in Goole Docks, the museum held a wide collection of historic artefacts and archives related to waterways and boating, mainly from the Humber, Ouse and Aire & Calder Navigation.
The charity's name came not from its purpose, but from its flagship boat, Sobriety, a Humber keel built at Beverley in 1910. Still in good condition, it has became a floating venue and exhibition space.
The charity acquired four other boats, using them as trip boats or static venues in the docks; Whedale, a tug for Tom Puddings, Service, a 1957 Sheffield-class keel, Telethon Louise, a 1965 converted lifeboat used for dock trips, and Waterstart, a modern broad-beam canal-boat for day trips on the Aire & Calder.

The charity's high point was possibly in 2012, when Sobriety itself was one of the flagships in the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant.

Members of the public who had loaned exhibits to the museum will be contacted to collect them, but no decision has been made on the future of the boats.

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum.
Sobriety at Goole Docks.

Tuesday 21 May  | Andrew Denny  | 4.07pm, Tuesday 21 May 2019

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