As ever, I have had a very exciting month – admittedly, it doesn’t take much to get me excited!
I kicked off November with a visit to Amsterdam in my new camper van (Vaughn). I know what you’re thinking . . . but any self-respecting camper van owner is obliged to name their van.
I felt very at home amongst the canals, hugged a polar bear, visited the Gin Museum (would highly recommend it), breweries and flower market, accidentally did a three-hour bike ride and found a pub in an old lock keepers cottage. A very productive trip I thought!
Students have once again been invading the office at Ellesmere Port. I’ve had a public service student from West Cheshire College with me full-time for a week and I’ve also got a student working on my admin with me one day a week for 12 weeks. I know that student placements can be hard work, but it is well worth the effort when you see what they get out of a placement opportunity.
The Museums Association Conference was a really interesting event to attend from an education perspective. Museums both nationally and internationally are beginning to see and demonstrate the positive effects of lifelong learning on well-being, as well as the benefits in terms of engagement and volunteering. It was fantastic to see what museum educators have known all along, being evidenced by rigorous and influential studies.
Alongside the winter works events, the National Waterways Museum also had an open weekend to give people the opportunity to discover what site works will be happening, how and why they will be happening.
My Explorers’ team and I had a great weekend entertaining the family visitors with duck hats, origami and traditional craft activities. The best bit was seeing the raft of duck hat-adorned children trooping around the museum with big grins on their faces!
I love my job!
Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.See more blogs from Helen Evans