Canal & River Explorers are going onwards and upwards!

I am almost tipping over the edge with excitement this month.

It has been really exciting getting started on recruitment for additional members of the Explorers team to support the two Heritage Lottery funded projects at National Waterways Museum and Gloucester Waterways Museum. We will also be recruiting shortly for an Education Coordinator to work in the North East, helping us to increase our capacity for engaging children in the waterways and in our museums and heritage attractions. I’ve also been getting stuck into planning the learning elements of both Heritage Lottery funded projects which is nearly tipping me over the edge with excitement – I’m very proud to be a part of these exciting transformations!

In my last post I mentioned that we were preparing for the Education Show. The whole team had a fantastic few days at the show, having really positive conversations with teachers and promoting our school visits, website resources and fabulous volunteers. Our stand looked amazing and we were busy throughout the three day event. Hundreds of teachers and uniformed group leaders took away our new education leaflet, some chocolate and a warm feeling inside – at least that’s what I like to think!!

School visits have been increasing with the weather starting to take a turn for the better and our volunteer teams at all the museums and attractions have been working hard. We are looking forward to a busy April with family holiday activities, more school visits and preparation for our schools weeks and events in the summer term.

We’ve also just got our latest newsletter out to teachers. It includes our “Name Duck” competition. If you know of any teachers who are not currently signed up to our newsletter, please encourage them to do so, and to enter the competition! They can sign up using this link;

Last date edited: 7 April 2015

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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