Harbourside cranes to become tourist attractionJuly 15, 2009
Four industrial cranes on Bristol’s harbourside are set to become working tourist attractions as part of new plans for the Museum of Bristol.
The cranes, on the dockside near the Prince Street bridge, last worked commercially in 1974.
They did not work again until restored by enthusiasts for the Bristol Old Vic’s 2001 play Up the Feeder, Down The Mouth and Back Again.
Council bosses have now revealed they will be used to hoist exhibits into the new museum, and will then be moved down the dockside to become visitor attractions.
They will be able to take six members of the public at a time for spectacular views of the city harbourside.
Martin Jones was given a preview of what tourists can see by crane volunteer and enthusiast Dave Cole, aka ‘Dave The Crane’. Hear the results below.
Bristol City Council Deputy Leader Simon Cook also moved to quash persistent rumours the Museum of Bristol project is over budget and behind schedule.
He said: “It’s not behind schedule and it’s in budget. There have been a lot of rumours and scare stories about this. I don’t know why.
“I’m very happy with the progress of the museum. It’s still on course to open in spring 2011. I don’t have any concerns about it.”
He also reassured Bristolians the project would not be hit further by the council’s current £30m shortfall in its budget.
He said: “That’s a revenue shortfall; this is a capital project. They are different pots of money. All the funding for this is secure and the business plan means that there are opportunities to raise a revenue stream once it is open.”