SS Robin: The Mother of Invention.
The programme of conservation works carried out in second half of 2015 is now completed. The old deck covering of has now been entirely removed. The decks have been sealed and painted, and are watertight. The exterior of the vessel has been cleaned, and elements repainted. The superstructure and captain's cabin have been cleaned and repainted. Covers for the wooden decks have been made which will help preserve the wooden decks.
With the fabric secure, we are now looking to the future. Our initial plans to essentially develop the SS Robin into a floating museum and cultural hub have not proved viable. The Heritage Lottery Fund has however just approved a Transition Grant, which enables the Trust to focus on finding a viable future for the SS Robin. This will include a '360 degree' review of all possible uses and futures. We are looking at a wider range of options for the SS Robin than solely as a heritage attraction. The hold is a large space; possibly for an art gallery, an indoor market, or a café/restaurant. Should we keep the vessel on the pontoon, or move her to sit on land?
We don’t have any preconceived answers, but are now actively looking for partners who would be interested in working with us to find a practical and sustainable future. This future will respect and celebrate her history and heritage, and bring people to the vessel in a viable way. As long as we respect her heritage we can explore radical ideas and uses.
So if you have some ideas or know an individual, an organisation or a business that might be interested, please do get in touch. The next few months are certainly going to be interesting… watch this space.
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