THE next stage in the Dock Museum’s lifeboat’s conservation starts today.

A massive boat tent will be erected over the iconic Herbert Leigh so that it can be dried out and conservation can start.

The boat tent will be a very large structure and a team of 10 will work over two days to erect it. The 23 ton lifeboat has already been moved to her temporary home near Walney Channel.

Herbert Leigh was the longest serving lifeboat at the Barrow RNLI station from 1951 – 1982. She was donated to the RNLI in 1951 by Herbert Leigh. In 30 years of service she was launched 136 times and saved 71 lives. She was donated to The Dock Museum at Barrows in 1990 and first underwent conservation work by Patterson Boatworks in 2006.

A grant of £120,000, from leading waste management company FCC Environment, will be used to conserve the lifeboat Herbert Leigh, landscape the museum site and install a walkway from the car park to the museum.