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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Download your free guides
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Find a walk near you
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Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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I’ve been off in my camper van again this month, Belgium and France this time to watch the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix cycle races. Anyone who regularly reads my blog may have picked up on the fact that I keep going on holiday to places with lots of canals – this is just a coincidence!
After a very relaxing start to the month it was a bit of a shock to the system jumping back into my slightly manic work life, but also a great reminder of why I love working in museums.
I am very excited about the Heritage Lottery Fund bid that we are submitting at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port in May. We have our final meeting with our HLF advisor on the 6 May and then we wait with baited breath to find out if we have been successful – eek!
It is such an exciting project involving opening up an area of the museum (historic slipway) that has previously been inaccessible to the public, creating a new exhibition, conserving/restoring two historically significant boats, an outreach programme on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and lots of inspiring learning activities woven throughout. Can’t wait.
Meanwhile, over at Gloucester Waterways Museum, I have been contributing to another fantastic funding bid to reinterpret and redisplay their galleries, redevelop the learning offer and create a floating classroom.
At Anderton Boat Lift we have been given some money from local industry to design and pilot a new education programme, which I am busy researching and writing along with some Northwich teachers. I am certainly being kept busy!
School visits to all our museum and towpath locations are rocketing as we start to get some better weather so it’s all hands on deck for our Explorer’s volunteer teams. We are also gearing up for half term activities, including taking part in the Amazed by Science Festival at Anderton Boat Lift. I am super excited about this, particularly as we are working with some wonderful partners in the West Cheshire rangers and Norton Priory’s “Bee Man” Paul Quigley.
I’m sure there are lots of other wonderful things that I’ve not mentioned! For those of you who’ve not met me yet, look out for me at Crick Boat Show!
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.