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The Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) on Castle Street, Dumbarton, will celebrate this year’s Doors Open Days with FREE entry for visitors on Saturday 11 September.

Visitors to the Scottish Maritime Museum, which sits on the site of the innovative former William Denny Shipyard, will be able to immerse themselves in life at the Victorian yard.

They can enjoy watching the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the colossal Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, in action, and explore a collection of fascinating ship models, photographs and historic artefacts.

Visitors can also see award-winning tapestry artist Katie Russell’s Woven Waves: The Jutland Tapestries exhibition before it closes on Tuesday 21 September.

Through Woven Waves: The Jutland Tapestries, Katie weaves together naval history, ground-breaking technology and art to explore the World War One Battle of Jutland, arguably, the world’s largest naval conflict in which over 250 ships and 100,000 men clashed off the west coast of Denmark.

The exhibition also includes the first Scottish showing of extraordinary high resolution images of the shipwrecks. Captured during the 2016 Battle of Jutland Centenary nautical archaeology expedition, they reveal what became of the warships that vanished during that fateful battle.

Nicola Scott, Exhibition and Events Officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says:

After hosting the national launch of this year’s Doors Open Days at our Irvine Museum last month, we’re delighted to open the doors of our Dumbarton Museum for free on Saturday 11 September.

“It is a perfect opportunity to come along to the Scottish Maritime Museum and enjoy the wonderful maritime heritage collection and learn more about Dumbarton’s rich shipbuilding history.

“Doors Open Days is also a great time to enjoy our current exhibition, Woven Waves, before it closes later this month. We look forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday 11 September!”

 Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival celebrating Scotland’s places, history and culture, new and old. Each September, the festival, which is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, makes Scotland’s built and cultural heritage accessible to people living in and visiting the country through free access to over a thousand sites and events across Scotland.

For more information, or to book a visit: www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by 

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404

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