I was lucky enough to be on annual leave for the first week of July, just when the good weather started! Consequently, I enjoyed a relaxed start to the month in Pembrokeshire, doing a bit of coast path running and playing with the dog on the beach – if only every month could begin like that!
My second day back at work was the Canal & River Trust annual meeting where I found myself putting up a variety of marquees at 8:30am, followed by an interview with the film crew who chose the exact moment when I was at my sweatiest to put me in front of the camera!
Fortunately the day improved from that point with many attendees and members of the public visiting the Explorers stand, getting involved with our Build a Canal activity and investigating our learning resources. We even persuaded a few into costume!
July has also seen the last flurry of school visits, along with preparation for summer activities and family days at the National Waterways Museum. The new National Curriculum has (finally) been published so I spent a riveting few days digesting the changes! From the end of August I will be taking the reins from Sarah Cook at Anderton Boat Lift and Standedge Tunnel – I’m really excited to meet their volunteer teams over the next few weeks. Look out for me if you’re based at either of those sites!
The best day of this month has to be the towpath reconnaissance I did on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for our Window on the World project (see the project blog for more info). It was a hot sunny day, perfect for a run between Wigan and Maghull, investigating all the key locations, moorings and community links for our planned outreach boat. For health and safety reasons, I had to include an ice cream break at Burscough! A really enjoyable and productive day which got me super excited about the project.
August is going to be a fun month so I’m looking forward to telling you all about it in my next blog post. In the meantime, enjoy the summer!
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