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Defending the Docks at the Dock Museum

17 September, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discover the story of Barrow in the Second World War and immerse yourself in our Virtual Reality experience of the area in the 1940s

Join us at the Dock Museum to discover the fascinating story of Barrow and Walney in the Second World War and try out our brand new Virtual Reality Experience of the area in the 1940s. Younger visitors can make their own Second World War pillbox to take home.

Drop in any time between 11 and 15:30, free of charge, no need to book.

Barrow has long been famous for its history of shipbuilding, maritime industry, and innovations in military defence engineering. During the First and Second World Wars Barrow supplied the majority of submarines used by the Royal Navy as well as ships, aircraft and armaments for the war effort.

This made the area a target for bombing raids. To protect the shipbuilding capabilities of the town, defences were built in Barrow, on Walney Island, and the surrounding area.

Many of the structures can still be seen, however, most are being destroyed by vandalism, coastal erosion and time.

Local volunteers have been recording these remains to contribute to our innovative Virtual Reality archaeology model, so this story can be told in the future.

Venue

The Dock Museum
The Dock Museum, North Road
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2PW United Kingdom
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