Coniston's Ruskin Museum

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Gina Campbell Donates Bluebird K7 to the Ruskin Museum in Coniston,

On Thursday 7th December 2006, Gina Campbell formally gifted Bluebird K7 to the Ruskin Museum. In agreement with the Campbell Heritage Trust and the museum, Bill Smith is to organize the restoration of the boat, which is now under way. Gina Campbell commented: "I've decided to secure the future of Bluebird for the people of Coniston, the Ruskin Museum and the people of the world"

 

On Thursday 7th December 2006, Gina Campbell formally gifted Bluebird K7 to the Ruskin Museum. In agreement with the Campbell Heritage Trust and the museum, Bill Smith is to organize the restoration of the boat, which is now under way. The intention is to rebuild K7 back to running order circa January 4th 1967.

Bill has said that this will take a number of years to accomplish. Gina Campbell commented: "I've decided to secure the future of Bluebird for the people of Coniston, the Ruskin Museum and the people of the world". Museum Director Vicky Slowe spoke of Gina's generosity and then said: "Bill has assured us he can get Bluebird fully conserved and reconfigured at no cost to the museum.

So the challenge now is to raise a total of £750,000 to equip the newly built extension to house Bluebird.  As of August 2010, the museum has raised a total of in excess of £ 650,000. Work on the construction of the Bluebird Wing extension to the Ruskin Museum has been completed and the wing is now open, awaiting K7's return and the installation of audio visual units and display cabinets. 

Bill Smith was quoted as saying that he wasn't interested in a corroded pile of scrap metal. He is now focused on getting K7 to "live and breathe".

An APPEAL has been launched to raise money to complete the interior design layout of the new wing which will house the completed Bluebird K7. If you wish to make a donation to this appeal, please contact the museum curator, Vicky Slowe on 015394-41164.

Alternatively you can use the donation button on the right hand menu, all monies will be transferred to the restoration of Bluebird K7 and the support of the Ruskin Museum Bluebird Wing Appeal.

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