The Kennet Project
The Kennet Project created a Floating Interactive Museum using the Heritage Short Boat Kennet to travel the 127 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, taking heritage and learning to local communities in the same way as the cargoes of old enabled industry to develop these communities. The public engagement being achieved through storytelling, drama, heritage skills training and multimedia linked to the communities the canal passes through. This enables Kennet to be used as a learning resource for schools and organisations that are local to the canal.
The first phase of the project, ensured the future of Kennet. During this first phase there was well over 4,000 volunteer hours and £46.5k spent on Kennet’s major restoration. This has seen Kennet transformed both inside and out. The work included repairs to the hull & ballast tank, hull protection inside and out, a new hold superstructure with Lutchet, new sheets, paintwork and livery of the Canal Carrying Company, which is how she started her working life in 1947. On the inside the floor was relayed after adding 10tons of ballast, new public access stairs, fitting of a generator & electrical system, service modules for the crew and new display material
The second phase was completed during 2014. This developed learning programmes for schools, organisations and the general public while she continues to visit events and communities along the full length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
The project was supported by a Heritage Lottery Award with money from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, Friends of Kennet and the Historic Ships Register. In addition the annual running costs of £3900 per year have to be raised in order to enable Kennet continue her travels along the Canal.
The manning and maintenance is undertaken by volunteers of the Society, supported by the Friends of Kennet whose aim is to raise awareness and funds for the project. If you are interested in supporting the project either as a volunteer or by donating please contact us – Contact Information
We are also seeking Sponsors who would like to be associated with the project in a mutually beneficial way – click here for more information