Support Us

The Dock Museum is run by Barrow Borough Council but we very much welcome your support in the work we do at the Dock Museum.

Volunteers and work placements help us with the front-of-house work and also looking after the collections.

Donations are also very welcome as we use it for our conservation work and fundraising campaigns.  Donations are paid into the museum's charitable trust, The Furness Maritime Trust.


Share your knowledge, develop new skills and meet new people.

Volunteers are welcome from all sections of the community: from students, those between jobs, retired or part-time workers.  If you wish to gain valuable work experience, develop your skills or use your time and talents for a worthwhile cause that will benefit the wider community we’d like to hear from you.

Send an email to explaining your experience and availability.

Making a donation

Donations are very welcome and we can accept donations here at the museum either in cash, through our donations box or at reception with a cheque.  We ask that cheques are made payable to Barrow Borough Council.

If you would like to discuss making a donation please email or phone the curator,

Sabine Skae:

01229 876401

If you would like to discuss donating an object to the Dock Museum please also contact the curator on the above contact details.

Many thanks

Previous fundraising projects

Without public support and grants received we would never have been able to purchase the Viking Furness Hoard. It was discovered by a metal detectorist in 2011 and we were delighted to have such strong public support.  Within a few months we were able to purchase the hoard and it is now on display in the Dock Museum.

A fabulous Roman bracelet found in the Dalton-in-Furness area in 2012 was also secured by a generous public donations.

The museum's charitable wing, the Furness Maritime Trust, has made significant contributions to the conservation of objects in the collection, including a racing yacht called White Rose, which is on display, and paintings such as John Cranke as a Boy (BAWMS.08172) painted by his father James Cranke (said to have trained George Romney).

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