Thank you to Naomi for doing a sterling job with my blog during her placement, I’ve got a lot to live up to, she did a much better job of it than me! I have been fortunate that Naomi has stayed on as a volunteer with the Ellesmere Port Explorers team and is keeping me in check!
All our Museums & Attractions have been teeming with eager and excited children experiencing the wonders of our waterways. We have been having loads of fun on boats, in our exhibitions and on the towpath. For the approaching summer holidays, the fun continues with family activities for groups and visitors – including some new activities developed by the wonderful Katie Jackson in partnership with Kate Measures consulting.
Some of our volunteers had a great day at the House of Lords this week, representing the trust to MPs. They were able to share their enthusiasm for what we do in education and I’m sure will have made a lasting impression. A big thank you to Di, Sarah and Vicki who travelled down from the Museums & Attractions Explorers team.
I had a fantastic day with (the wonderful!) Katie Jackson and Sefton Primary School teachers this week. Katie and I led a teacher training day all about how to use the canals and our fantastic Explorers resources, to teach the new National Curriculum.
Teachers enjoyed using our 'Build a Trail' activity, testing out our website, experiencing our volunteer-led workshops and getting out onto the local canal. One of our new volunteers, Les, also came along and was a great advocate for our volunteer teams.
For those of you who have been following my training, you’ll be pleased to know that I made it through the 30 mile fall race in one piece! I did make a few small navigational errors – but I think I only added about a mile to the course! It was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and probably the hilliest! I did it in six hours and was third lady, so I was pretty happy with that! What’s next you ask? The Wales Marathon, 13 July – eek!
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.See more blogs from Helen Evans