ABTEM member the Underfall Yard visitor centre, at the heart of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, is due to open this Easter marking a key milestone in an ambitious £4 million project. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported initiative is also securing the future of the historic industrial buildings and boatyard, with sensitive repairs and solar panelling.
Housed in the Grade 2* listed Power House, the visitor centre retells the story of Victorian engineering, which still protects the city from flooding today. It shines a light on the famous engineers linked with Underfall Yard – William Jessop and Isambard Kingdom Brunel – as well as the largely-forgotten John Ward Girdlestone who built the slipway and most of the beautifully-designed buildings.
Funding for the Underfall Yard Trust has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, through the Association of Independent Museums as part of the National Heritage Landmarks Scheme, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, J Paul Getty Foundation and many other generous organisations and individuals, with support from Bristol City Council.
More information about this amazing project is available at: underfallboatyard.co.uk or follow @theunderfall on Twitter.