There is so much to tell you about, where do I start?!
A good place to start is to say a huge thank you to Karima Rachi who has recently completed a five week placement with me, and who also authored the previous edition of my blog. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with and has made a valuable contribution to learning at National Waterways Museum, Anderton Boat Lift and Standedge Tunnel. Gone but not forgotten!
In the museums and attractions we are now approaching the end of the school term (22nd July) so we will shortly be bidding farewell to our school groups and starting work on our informal learning activities for families. We’ve got an exciting programme planned for the summer, including heritage, wildlife and creative activities for all our visitors; on set days during the week and at museum events. I need to say a huge thank you to the crew and volunteers from the Saturn Project for helping me out with school visits at Anderton Boat Lift (for five weeks!) and with my schools week in the run up to Lymm Transport Festival. They made a huge impact on the children who got the opportunity to go aboard and have been very supportive of both myself and my volunteers.
The two Heritage Lottery funded projects at Gloucester Waterways Museum and National Waterways Museum are both moving forward. We have received official permission to start at Gloucester and have appointed an Education Coordinator (Natasha Prouse) specifically to develop learning and outreach activities for this project. She began work on the 29th June and is getting stuck into planning for the “Pop-up Museum” which we will be opening in November.
All of the Explorers Education Coordinators have been running schools weeks around the country over the last six weeks. These are free learning events for schools local to our sites and are an important tool for delivering our key messages and raising awareness of the Trust, our team and the fantastic learning resources we offer. The schools weeks are run by our volunteer teams who have been working incredibly hard to ensure a high quality learning experience for pupils and teachers. Well done everyone!
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