Please be advised that many venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place. You may be asked to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser or maintain social distance, please respect these requests. Please note that venues may be subject to temporary closure at short notice. Where possible we advise that you check with venues before visiting, and please follow the guidance of staff and volunteers on site.

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We present a Doors Open Day every alternate year. We will have our full programme as usual in 2022, but as we missed a year due to that pesky virus we are having an extra, albeit reduced, programme this year - 2021. 

West Dunbartonshire has much to offer. You can find further details about the venues listed here plus a whole lot more on this website : Explore West Dunbartonshire

Please be advised that many venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place. You may be asked to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser or maintain social distance, please respect these requests.

Please note that venues may be subject to temporary closure at short notice. Where possible we advise that you check with venues before visiting, and please follow the guidance of staff and volunteers on site.

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West Dunbartonshire

Denny Ship Model Experimental Tank

11 September 2021

Dumbarton. How to get there : Go to the end of Castle Street, (extends from the High Street).See the world's first commercial ship model experiment tank in action and discover how William Denny & Brothers innovative, experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963. This is part of the Scottish Maritime Museum. The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank was built in 1882. It is one of the last reminders of the shipyard of the innovative and famous Company William Denny and Brothers. The tank was built to test ship hull designs and retains many original features including a water tank as long as a football pitch. Experience the working environment of the model makers, clay moulders and carpenters in 1882. Try your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model. Test different hull designs in our own mini experiment tank. Enter the world of the Victorian ship designer, in William Denny's drawing office, and find out how to design your own ship. Join us on a guided tour of the building and learn about Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers. FREE entrance on Doors Open Day. The premises have several steps.

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