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Harbourside cranes to become tourist attraction

July 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.”

Sensational views of the harbourside

Sensational views of the harbourside

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One comment

  1. Vis a vis the question of believing or not what the council say, did they mention that Bristol City Council sold those cranes for scrap back in the 70s and that a group of concerned citizens, City Docks Ventures I think, purchased them (the cranes hadn’t yet been physically moved) to preserve them until such time as the council came to its senses, which I think was about 20 years later.

    If they neglected to mention this little detail, may I say that it is unfortunate that proper recognition isn’t given to citizens who step in to do what the council itself often fails to do. There are of course many other examples.



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