The secret diary of a museum educator

As this is my first post, I should probably start by telling you a bit about what I do. I am currently based at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.

The site is a stunning historic dock complex, which combines indoor exhibitions with floating exhibits, in the form of historic vessels. My role is to enable formal learning through structured visits for schools and groups; and to facilitate informal learning through family activities and special events.

This month has been as hectic as ever. I’ve had 300 school pupils taking part in taught workshops, a pilot of our new 'Local Study' workshop for KS2, snow, curriculum changes, a work placement student and the uncertainty of a boat lift to contend with!

There have been a number of highlights this month. My favourite quote came from a little boy in a reception class, during a pirate literacy workshop. He pointed at me and my volunteer and shouted: “Look! Real Pirates!” Thumbs up for costume authenticity! A further highlight was the very successful pilot workshop which combined human geography with local history – a first step towards pre-empting the proposed National Curriculum changes.

Life is never dull in education, in fact it is often surprising, hilarious, endearing and even (dare I say it?) – Fun!

April is shaping up to be a very interesting month so watch this space . . . .

Last date edited: 11 April 2013

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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