Diary of an education studies student: Week 4

This week has flown by! Helen has been at The Anderton Boat Lift for The Cheshire Science Festival. I hope you all enjoyed our activities! It’s been a busy half term week here at the National Waterways Museum too. We have been running our pirate boat trips daily which have been very popular with lots of little pirates and even a few older ones!

On bank holiday Monday I worked from home on an exciting new project. We are in the process of designing a ‘Top Trumps’ game, using the boats we keep here at the National Waterways Museum.

It was my job to source all of the information on the specifications of the boats, such as the length, width, cargo weight and year of construction. I absolutely loved this task as it was so interesting to learn about the history of each boat.

Also this week, I made my first trip to the archives at the museum. We are working on providing a resource pack for primary schools in the area of Sefton, using canals and rivers to fit in with many different areas of the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum.

Horse drawn boats

I found some incredible sources, including newspaper articles published the day after the Leeds & Liverpool Canal first opened as well as lots of pictures of horse drawn boats. I also got to learn much about James Brindley – the first chief engineer on the construction of The Leeds & Liverpool Canal. I could have spent all week in the archives!

Next week we are beginning to deliver our Water Safety Assemblies in the area of Ellesmere Port. I’m really excited for this as being responsible for promoting water safety has been one of my favourite roles during my placement, so it will be nice to help deliver a few (or six as we have booked in next week).

I can’t believe that next week will be my final week with Canal & River Trust. I have loved every minute! When university doesn’t take up all my time, hopefully I’ll become a regular Explorers volunteer!

Last date edited: 3 June 2014

About this blog

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.

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