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Education at Anderton Boat Lift

Meet Edwin Clark - the Victorian engineer who designed and built the Anderton Boat Lift, hear the tales from the towpath and discover our industrial heritage in a whole new way.

Explorer education volunteer and pupils looking at insects in tub on towpath Explorer education volunteer with school group

We love dressing up here at the Anderton Boat Lift. Why not get your class to dress as traditional boaters or Victorian engineers on their visit?

Dressing up at Anderton Boat LiftBut why stop there? We’ve lots for your children to get stuck into on their visit to the Anderton Boat Lift and Visitor Centre...

Not just a boat lift

While our awesome boat lift is the star of the show, it's not the only activity to get stuck into here at Anderton. It's ideal to:

  • conduct local studies
  • watch wildlife
  • role play
  • learn more about the history of the waterways
  • learn about water safety
  • take a boat ride
  • explore art, engineering and even physics

Education workshops

Children enjoying a trip to AndertonYou'll find our excellent new education package allows you to get the most from your visit. It includes two workshops both linked to the National Curriculum and QCA schemes.

Workshop 1 - A Victorian Masterpiece

This workshop looks at the Victorian period, which is when the lift was built. Children will discover:

  • the people who worked and used the lift
  • what lives were like working on the canals
  • the impact of the lift
  • the real objects and the clothes people wore - all of which helps to bring them to life

And for something to take home - children can create their own peg doll dressed in Victorian costume.

This workshop covers:

  • National Curriculum: Hist 1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3, 4a, 5b, 5c, 7, 8a, 11a
  • QCA History Unit 12: How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?
  • QCA History Unit 18: What was it like to live here in the past?

Workshop 2 - Is it a work of art?

Taking a different slant on the boat lift, looking it as a work of art, this workshop will look at:

  • colour, line and texture
  • the work of other artists to help them produce their own interpretations of the Anderton Boat Lift
  • developing skills in various art mediums - and for something to take home, children can produce their own final pieces
  • National Curicculum: Art 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d

This workshop can be linked to QCA and Cheshire Art Schemes.

It's all arranged - talk to our education visit manager

Make sure your day runs smoothly - talk to our education visit manager about what you'd like to do on your visit. And what facilities are available, such as wet weather location for lunch, bag storage, toilets, disabled access, café and shop.

Last date edited: 24 April 2017