Week 3

This week we have had terrible weather at The National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, with even a storm on Monday night! Where is spring?

The beginning of this week was dedicated to preparations for the Cheshire Science Festival at Anderton Boat Lift due to take place next week (26 until 30 May), specifically the surface tension experiments that we will be running there. I had so much fun designing the activity (although laminating cards can be a tedious task)! So come along and play bubble tennis to find out about the science behind water, soap and glycerin. Even the adults will enjoy practising their bubble serves.

Pirate boat trips

I have also been helping a fellow volunteer at The National Waterways Museum prepare for the pirate boat trips that will be running during the half term break. Everyone is welcome and you can come in fancy dress if you wish!

On Thursday we had a school visit here at the museum. They had a lock demonstration and a guided tour of the site which was enjoyed by all. They were such a lovely school and so well-behaved despite the rainy weather! We also received some thank-you letters from the children of a previous class trip. I loved reading their wonderful stories of the day here (the Power Hall and boat cabin seem to be their favourite parts) and I was especially impressed with their beautiful hand writing. Thank you class 3!


If you read my first blog you will know about CBeebies’ plans for a children’s programme on canals that was due to be filmed here. Well this week they began shooting, how exciting! How can I impress my friends this time? Maybe I can tell them that I’m now working as an extra? Or that I helped with the direction?

Helen is at Crick Marina today preparing for the boat show which I’m sure many of you will be attending. Look out for our Explorers marquee there! I’m at the Marine Cruises offices again tomorrow and will be going to my allotment on Sunday. What are you readers up to? Leave a comment and let us know!

See you next week!

Last date edited: 30 May 2014

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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