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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
November has been a month of fun, fun, and more fun!
I started November by meeting a fascinating man whose entire family, since the late 1800’s had worked for Brunner Mond, which became ICI, which became Tata Chemicals in Northwich.
He was kind enough to allow myself and one of my volunteers to record him talking about his and his family’s experiences. I was particularly interested to discover that up until the late 1960s; the whole area around Northwich was woken at 7am by “the works buzzer”! It was fascinating to discover the impact, positive and negative, that the industry around Northwich had on the people who lived there.
Parts of these recordings featured in the pilot schools workshops at Anderton Boat Lift that we have also been running this month. I am fortunate enough to have some wonderful volunteers in my education teams. A number of them have been trained in delivering costumed interpretation and have taken on the characters of 1870’s boaters and even Sir John Brunner! I have been well supported by volunteers from the Anderton and Ellesmere Port teams to run these pilots and have received some very positive and constructive feedback from the teachers and pupils involved. Well done everyone!
The full programme will be offered free of charge (thanks to sponsorship from Tata Chemicals) to 27 schools local to the boat lift and will be rolled out in the spring term. I will be recruiting additional volunteers specifically for this project in January . . . . anyone fancy it??
Meanwhile, I am still anxiously awaiting the decision from Heritage Lottery Fund on our bids at Gloucester Waterways Museum and National Waterways Museum – nail biting stuff!
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.