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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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This month has been all about plotting and planning!
Volunteer recruitment is well underway for Anderton Boat Lift and Standedge Tunnel, the HLF bids at National Waterways Museum and Gloucester Waterways Museum are taking shape and I’ve even met with BBC Scotland about potentially doing some filming for CBeebies!
Meanwhile, I’ve teamed up with Dale Copley (Collections Manager for our Museums) to put together a lovely project with some local high school students in Ellesmere Port. A group of them will be getting involved with the local element of our World War One exhibition as assistant curators. They will be researching and selecting a local story, collecting images and documents linked to their chosen story for inclusion in the exhibition AND designing a hands-on activity for the public to engage with. As an ex-secondary teacher, I’m really looking forward to working with this age group again. Should be fun!
Our Explorers team meeting this month was fantastic! Elaine Stanley did a fab training session on teaching science skills – we are all very inspired! Some of us coped with the higher order thinking skills better than others but we all managed successful outcomes! Our stand for the Education Show was unveiled – it’s very exciting! You’ll have to wait until next month for the photos – the anticipation!
You’re probably wondering how my training is going? I’ve managed to get up to 2 hours running and up to 3 hours on the bike – nowhere near enough yet! Hopefully I’ve got plenty of time to work up to the 5-6 hours it will take me to do the 30 miles in June. As promised, I have supplied very unflattering photograph of my first race of the year – 1hr 13mins and 6th place, not too shabby, although I would have liked to be in the top 5! I will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and will let you know how you can donate in my March blog.
Until the next time . . . .
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.