As the end of the school term approaches, I always think to myself 'I’ll have a bit more time now the schools are off' and this never happens! The Museums & Attractions Explorers teams have been kept busy with all their various holiday activities for families.
We’ve had all kinds of exciting and creative things going on, including wildlife spotting, traditional crafts, creating art from nature, treasure hunts, pond dipping, den building, scarecrow making and much more!
Meanwhile, the two Heritage Lottery bids at Gloucester Waterways Museum and National Waterways Museum have finally been submitted. This has involved a lot of work from the education team so we’ve all got our fingers, toes and everything else crossed for a successful outcome!
I’ve also started recruitment for our teams at Anderton Boat Lift and National Waterways Museum. I am looking for volunteers to help run some new schools workshops at Anderton Boat Lift, focussed around investigating the history of Northwich and its industrial heritage. At National Waterways Museum, I am looking for additional volunteers to specialise in children’s guided tours and guided boat trips. At Standedge Tunnel, our new volunteers are well and truly part of the team and have taken part in some wildlife training with Russ Hall. We are looking to develop an additional workshop to offer to schools based around seasonal changes and linking in to the new National Curriculum.
In other news, I’ve been off on my travels again with my trusty camper. Despite (again) not planning on visiting any canals, I still came across a fair few on my journey through France and Switzerland! As usual, I managed to fit in a few museums too, including the Salt Museum in Saline Les Bains, the Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt and the Wine Museum (possibly my favourite) in Arbois.
Two weeks of excellent fun were had, including a very precarious Alpine run, in the rain, with a few sections of climbing and a waterfall crossing thrown in for added peril! That’s the life!
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