The Windermere Steamboat Museum in Cumbria has received initial support for a £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund bid, including £494,000 development funding. Situated on the shores of Lake Windermere near Bowness, the currently closed museum houses a nationally significant boat and maritime collection dating from the 12th century. This unique collection showcases the development of boatbuilding in the Lake District over the last two hundred years, telling the story of how these wonderful vintage vessels were used on Windermere. The project aims to reinvigorate the museum to create an exciting tourist attraction where people can enjoy the 40 vessels it houses and the surrounding landscape. Integral to these plans are new apprenticeships in boat conservation plus an inspiring learning programme targeted at visitors of all ages and backgrounds.