Museum dedicated to steamboats given £1.25m in government funding

A steamboat museum that closed in 2006 has been given

a £1.25m lifeline from a government investment scheme. 

The grant from the Regional Growth Fund will see the

museum open to the public by 2015. The museum, located in Windemere, Cumbria,

closed after a lack of funding, but with the new investment it hopes to see

some 100,000 visitors through its doors every year.

The museum will exhibit some of the oldest steamboats

in the world, including the 45ft SL Osprey build in 1902.

Last week Nick Clegg announced that 130 bids have been

selected to receive a total of £1.05billion of funding through the Regional

Growth Fund.